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'Tighten the noose' on Syria - Cameron

2012-04-12 10:01

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Russia and China on Thursday to join the international community and help "tighten the noose" on the Syrian regime over its deadly crackdown on protests.

A UN-backed ceasefire to end 13 months of bloodshed in Syria appeared to be holding after coming into force at daybreak, but doubts remained about the compliance of President Bashar al-Assad's government with the peace plan.

The regime broke a commitment to pull back its forces from population centres by Tuesday under a peace deal brokered by former UN chief Kofi Annan, and monitors said on Thursday there were still no signs of a withdrawal.

"I feel an immense sense of frustration because the world has come together behind this Kofi Annan plan," Cameron told BBC radio from Southeast Asia, where he is on a trade mission.

"This is a plan, remember, that is not just backed by those of us who have been pushing for action on Syria, it's also backed by China and Russia. And yet Assad is deliberately flouting it.

"Now is the time to say to the Russians and Chinese, look at the man we are dealing with, look at the appalling way he is behaving. We need to go back to the UN and tighten the pressure, tighten the noose."

His comments come after US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a telephone call that the UN Security Council, which backed Annan's plan, needed to "take more resolute action" on Syria.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday that Britain would seek tougher sanctions and would also intensify its support for the Syrian opposition if government forces did not adhere to the ceasefire.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-12 10:11

    It shows clearly that one can not trust Russia and China, this assad thug has broken every promise he has made, including the latest one to Kofi Annan, and their reaction; Nothing !! Russia is probably busy sending their next lot of military hardware to Syria, plus off course their advisers/experts, who will show these assad criminals , how to murder the Syrian opposition. China is to busy setting up new buisnesses in Africa, employing Chinese, as they don't seem to think too much of African labor !!!

  • Fidel - 2012-04-12 10:49

    What does US Viceroy Cameroon have to do with Peace? Let's hope the ceasefire is held on BOTH sides, but somehow I can't imagine the Saudi and Qatari armed mercenaries willing to forgo paid work.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-12 11:38

      These Saudi and Qatari "mercenaries" must be the best in the world! Ten thousand killed, tens of thousands arrested...... And........not ONE Saudi nor ONE Qatari. Must be another one, of Fidel's BS stories !!!!

      Fidel - 2012-04-12 12:14

      AnthonyfromAfrica - April 12, 2012 at 11:38 Report comment These Saudi and Qatari "mercenaries" must be the best in the world! Ten thousand killed, tens of thousands arrested...... And........not ONE Saudi nor ONE Qatari. Must be another one, of Fidel's BS stories !!!! xxxxxxx Comprehension is really not your strongest point. Does every post needs spelling out to you. Saudi and Qatari ARMED! Who said anything about their nationality? You are really really stupid Anthony. I give up, just can't compete anymore. Again, as always, switching your fingers before your brain!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-12 12:40

      Fidel, I don't mind you giving up..., but before you do; Let me rephrase it, as 'simple' language you have difficulty to understand !! ""but somehow I can't imagine the Saudi and Qatari ~~armed mercenaries~~ willing to forgo paid work"" WHAT mercanaries are you talking about ?? Ten thousand killed, tens of thousands arrested...... And.....not one mercenary.............!! ( It would be unbelievable naive to believe, that if only ONE, mercanary had been captured in Syria, that thug would not have paraded him on ,his, national TV . Do you get it now ??? Or you want me to get some software so I can draw you a picture ????

      Fidel - 2012-04-12 12:55

      This response is a lazy and cheap crowd-pleaser. It is irrelevant to my comment except that it is a derailment of the trail of discussion over your earlier reasoning faux pas. Sorry, but wasn't it you who challenged me? I'm perplexed as to why I need to provide YOU with evidence, yet you don't seem to apply your requirement to yourself. I am not a light switch for you, do your own research and let's how dedicated your are to the truth. Again your bile duct got the better of your brain.

      Fred - 2012-04-12 17:11

      The question is: what do YOU know about peace. To you the almost eleven months of peaceful demonstrations was an armed insurrection, and the demonstrators and Syrian families, who have been killed, maimed, detained, tortured and raped by the tens of thousands are equally responsible to uphold peace.

      Fidel - 2012-04-13 00:41

      "To you the almost eleven months of peaceful demonstrations" Inventing and repeating words and framing does not mean they reflect the reality. Or do you live in a fantasy world where you say what you wish had happened and then end up believing it to be the truth? At least if you have to spread your propaganda have the decency to give the readers a warning - something like - I cannot help lying through my teeth, here it comes............

      Fred - 2012-04-13 02:09

      Precisely. In your world, that close to eleven month period of peaceful demonstrations didn't happen. But it's all there in open recorded history in this Information Age. Thanks for expressing this. It's more clearly out in the open.

      nowicki1 - 2012-04-18 23:22

      Yes Fred you got one thing right, its the information age. Yet you still throw around comments like "the freer world". The irony!

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