Clinton: US, Europe must work to defeat tyrants

February 4, 2012 - 4:05 AM
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington. The Obama administration pressed Russia on Friday to back a softened version of a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the violence in Syria, though it was unclear if the compromise wording would compel President Bashar Assad to step down as Washington wants. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on Europe and the United States to do more together to defeat tyrannies, promote democracy and repair the damage from the global financial crisis.

Clinton told an international security conference on Saturday that Americans and Europeans must send a clear and common message to autocrats like those in Syria and that they "cannot hold back the future at the point of a gun."

She spoke as violence flared anew in Syria and ahead of an expected vote on a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria.

Clinton is also expressing confidence in Europe's ability to overcome its economic woes. But she says it's imperative for a common agenda and enhanced cooperation to reinforce recoveries on both sides of the Atlantic.