European leaders urge Syria's Assad to resign

August 18, 2011 7:02:20 AM PDT
The European Union is urging Syria's President Assad to resign amid a mounting crackdown on an anti-government revolt.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement Thursday that "the EU notes the complete loss of Bashar al-Assad's legitimacy in the eyes of the Syrian people and the necessity for him to step aside."

The leaders of France, Britain and Germany issued a statement Thursday saying Assad should "leave power in the greater interests of Syria and the unity of his people."