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US ambassador Robert Ford: Syria must 'respect human rights'

US ambassador in Damascus, Robert Ford, has rejected claims by the Syrian government that America is leading Syria on the road to chaos.

Speaking to the BBC's Lyse Doucet, Mr Ford said it was the government's ''repression'' against its own people which was stirring up more violence in Syria.

He called on Syria to respect the ''basic human rights'' of its people.

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