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Over 100 Western and Arab nations  will today meet  in Paris for “Friends of Syria” talks where possible solutions to the crisis will be discussed.

The Paris meeting follows a gathering in Tunis and another in Istanbul, both of which called in vain for tougher action against Assad’s government.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has flown to Paris for the meeting.United States will lead calls at the Paris talks for a tough new UN sanctions regime to be imposed on Assad and his inner circle, Washington officials said Thursday.

“There’s already a lot of work being done in New York in terms of thinking through what this resolution might look like,” said another US official.

Meanwhile WikiLeaks on Thursday began publishing more than two million emails from Syrian political figures which could shed light on a crackdown that has killed more than 16,500 people  in the 16-month uprising against Assad’s regime.

The whistleblowing website said the first emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and companies were from August 2006 and the final ones dated March 2012, a year after the current bloody uprising in Syria began.

“The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s external opponents,” said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

The first wave of emails released Thursday claimed that Italian defence giant Finmeccanica continued to supply support for communications equipment to the Syrian regime after the unrest began in March last year.