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UK concerned by Syria execution video

2012-11-02 21:15

London - Britain said on Friday it was deeply concerned by a video purporting to show opposition fighters executing Syrian soldiers, saying it condemned atrocities committed on both sides of the conflict.

"We are deeply concerned by accounts that anti-government armed groups have committed human rights abuses against government forces in Idlib," a foreign office spokesperson said.

"We condemn atrocities committed by the armed opposition in Syria just as we condemn the many atrocities carried out by the regime.

"But we must be clear that the regime is responsible for creating a situation where the lack of any space for dissent and vicious and brutal repression is forcing ordinary Syrians to respond to violence with violence.

"We call on all sides, including the armed opposition, to step back from this and create the space for a political transition to begin."

The video posted on YouTube appeared to show about 10 soldiers being beaten, then lined up on the ground and executed with automatic rifles, after Thursday's rebel attacks on checkpoints in the northwestern town of Saraqeb.

The foreign office spokesperson said the international community was watching closely for human rights violations and abuses in Syria, and warned that those responsible would be held to account.

"The UK will take every opportunity to highlight all violations and abuses in Syria and to intensify pressure on the regime and the armed rebels at every opportunity, in the UN and elsewhere," he said.

Comments
  • daemon.zeigist - 2012-11-02 21:35

    Okay, UK, now stop arming and giving support to terrorists. You condemn Al-Qaeda on the one hand, and given them tacit support when it suites Western Interests on the other. If terrorists took over your towns and cities, you would also bombed the sh@#% out of them in the name of democracy.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-02 21:56

    Not quite cricket...Mmmm what do we do now?????(Shuold've have listened to those damn Ruskies)Shh.... Cameron someone might hear you...Oops..!sorry your majesty!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-02 22:01

    Cameron..call Obama he will know what we should say..yes your highness good idea!!!

  • zebsonm - 2012-11-02 22:26

    for as long big powers take sides in these conflicts,this world shall know no peace.its disheartening to see conflicts which are threatening to last for erternity simply because the big boys have taken certain positions almost enshrining those positions in their constitutions.the latest statement from the foreign office is to say the least refreshing,hope it will be amplified in other capitals.evil is evil no matter who commits it period.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-03 03:02

    That is why you should not support terrorism, UK & US!

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-03 06:01

    Above; Thje loonies from the violent left, entertaining each other !!!!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-03 09:24

    Concerned brits... Maybe its the first time they are concerned , not conservative. Anyhow mr. Cameron, sir, you should have taken your head out of your gat long ago and started using your ears listening to the advise given by Russia and China. Now you as well as your overseas girlfriend-in-arms Hillary having eggs running down your faces.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-03 10:17

      Diana, Like a good old loony from the violent left, you just could not resist to throw some FILTH in your comment! Well done, THEY will be proud of you !!!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-03 12:53

      Your majesty..Barrack says he is to busy with the election to thinks about anything else..we will have to solve this one on our own!!Ok Cameron lets go to the races that will clear our heads!!!Right away Your Majesty I will call the car!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-03 14:29

      Dankie, Your silly radical buddies, gave you already 5 x thumbs up, for an above comment about 'majesty' It is enough now; it is funny, soo funny, soo unbelievable funny !!! 'majesty' ; hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Can hardly wait for your next comment, 'majesty' hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-03 16:41

    "But we must be clear that the regime is responsible for creating a situation where the lack of any space for dissent and vicious and brutal repression is forcing ordinary Syrians to respond to violence with violence." Exactly right, although there's no excuse for the horrific abuses by elements of the Free Syria Army.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-03 23:00

    Your Majesty what a day at the races,never fails to cheer one up if I might say so!..but what have we decided to say to the people about this Syrian affair?Cameron,must say this outing has cleared my thoughts..Ah yes!.. why should we say anything..after all they are just commoners and it will all blow over as it always does!

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