Britain warns of more Syria violence, must step up response
LONDON (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's intransigence and brutality mean there is a serious risk violence in Syria will worsen, and if so the international community must "step up" its response, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday.
"President Assad's speech last week urged the Syrian people to unite in a war against his opponents. Given the regime's intransigence and brutality, there is a serious risk that the violence will indeed worsen in the coming months," Hague told parliament.
"If that happens the international community's response will have to be stepped up. So we will not rule out options to save lives and protect civilians," he added. (Reporting by Mohammed Abbas)
- U.S. Mega Millions lottery up to $400 million, 2nd-biggest ever
- Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade
- Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year
- Thousands of South Africans line up to see Mandela lie in state |
- China bitcoin arbitrage ends as traders work around capital controls