Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 5 hours, 44 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
US-led airstrikes hit ISIS targets in Aleppo
ALEPPO: US-led coalition air strikes hit the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group on Sunday in areas north of Syria’s second city Aleppo where it has been fightin..
Oil prices test Iran’s support for Syria
AMMAN: Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public message..
US backed talks with ISIS over US hostage: Guardian
LONDON: US counter-terrorism officials backed negotiations with two prominent clerics in a failed attempt to save the life of an American hostage who was later beheaded b..
30,000 Syrian refugees at risk of statelessness
BEIRUT: Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statele..
ISIS threatens to execute hostage soldiers
BEIRUT: A French-speaking militant threatened on Friday to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, saying three promin..
 
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright