Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 8 hours, 12 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
UK says it won’t rule out intervention in Syria
December 09, 2012
 Print    Send to Friend

MANAMA: British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Saturday that there is evidence that the Syrian government could use its chemical weapons stocks in its conflict with rebels fighting to oust it.

“We are extremely concerned about the stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and we are also concerned about evidence during the last couple of weeks that the regime could use them,” Hague told reporters in Manama on the sidelines of a regional security conference.

He said Britain had joined with the United States in delivering a strong message to President Bashar Al Assad’s government.

“We have contingency plans concerning chemical weapons but will not disclose them,” he added.

Hague said there were several “dangerous scenarios” for such weapons, including their “use by the regime, or falling in the hand of other people.”

He said the option of military intervention in Syria had not been “ruled out” but Britain continued to support a peaceful transition.

He said it was not Britain’s policy “to supply arms to any side in the Middle East” but added that the opposition fighters were “receiving arms and making progress on the ground.”

“We will continue to give them strong practical assistance — communication equipment and humanitarian assistance,” the British minister said.

“I hope that the international community will be giving more support to the (opposition) coalition during the Marrakesh meeting,” he said, referring to a meeting of the Friends of Syria group due to be held in the southern Moroccan city on Dec.12.

On Friday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said any use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Al Assad’s regime against the rebels would be an “outrageous crime.”

Agence France-Presse

 

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Assad replaces 5 provincial governors
BEIRUT: President Bashar Al Assad has replaced five provincial governors, including some overseeing regions that include major fronts in Syria’s civil war, state media sa..
Kurds weather ISIS assault on Kobani
BEIRUT: Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobani weathered an onslaught by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants on Tuesday as they awaited p..
Syrian air strikes kill many near Jordan border
BEIRUT: Activists said on Tuesday Syrian government air strikes hit a rebel-held town along the country’s southern border with Jordan, killing at least eight people. A..
Syria man stones daughter to death in ISIS video
BEIRUT: An elderly Syrian took part in stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery, in a video posted on YouTube by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) grou..
Kurdish fighters say weapons not yet enough
BEIRUT: The main Syrian Kurdish armed group defending the Syrian border town on Kobani against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attackers said on Monday arms air-dr..
 
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright