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ambassador Susan Rice told reporters after a Security Council briefing by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
"The United States remains focused on increasing the pressure on the Assad regime and on Assad himself to step down," Rice said.
"We support international efforts to broker a political solution that ends the violence and facilitates a genuine political transition."
"We are increasing our support to unify and strengthen the opposition through non-lethal assistance."
The United States has said it is already giving the Syrian opposition logistical and communications help, but it has shied away from providing arms.
Syrian U.N. envoy Bashar Ja'afari also spoke of a "positive trend on the ground" and blamed foreign powers for the violence.
Ja'afari displayed a CD that he said contained 26 confessions from Arabs who were caught in Syria and had come from Libya, Tunisia and elsewhere through Turkey and Lebanon "to perpetrate terrorist acts in Syria." He said another 15 foreign fighters had been killed by Syrian security forces.
The Syrian ambassador urged Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to stop "their sponsorship of the armed rebellion."
At the time of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Rice reportedly said, "If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?" Rice subsequently acknowledged the mistakes made at the time and felt that a debt needed repaying.
The inability or failure of the Clinton administration to do anything about the genocide would inform her later views on possible military interventions. She would later say of the experience: "I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required."