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Clinton doubts that Assad is interested in peace

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, arrives at Ataturk International Airport Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. Clinton is in Turkey to attend the second meeting of the "Friends of the Syrian People."
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, arrives at Ataturk International Airport Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. Clinton is in Turkey to attend the second meeting of the "Friends of the Syrian People."
Brendan Smialowski, Pool, Associated Press

ISTANBUL — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says President Bashar Assad is unlikely to adhere to a U.N.-sponsored peace plan to end a year of bloodshed in Syria.

The U.S. is ratcheting up pressure against Assad but isn't supporting arming rebels or military intervention.

Clinton says a week of fighting has passed since Assad'sklapper regime agreed to U.N. mediator Kofi Annan's six-point plan, which included a ceasefire.

She says, "We have to conclude that the regime is adding to its long list of broken promises."

Clinton was speaking Sunday at a 60-nation conference in Turkey. The meeting seeks to isolate Assad's government and bolster the Syrian opposition.

Clinton says Syrians will continue defending themselves until Assad halts the violence.

She announced $12 million in additional U.S. aid to Syria's people.