Britain to boost help to Syria rebels: Hague

Syria conflict

Britain will step up its support for Syria’s rebels after Russia and China blocked a UN Security Council resolution against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday.
Hague said Russia in particular would regret its actions, which he said would be harmful to its long-term goals in the region.
“We will all be doing more outside the Security Council and intensify our work to support the Syrian opposition, to give humanitarian aid outside the work of the Security Council,” Hague told BBC Radio.
“There are several things we can do: first of all to give more practical support to the Syrian opposition. We do not give lethal support,” he said.
“We’ve already doubled the humanitarian aid…. The flow of refugees is rising, so we’ll do our utmost to help those people,” Hague said.
Hague announced during a visit earlier this week to Jordan, where he met Syrian refugees, that Britain would train 20 more Syrian activists to document human rights abuses.
He said the Syrian rebels were clearly receiving arms from the outside but that Britain was not providing any yet.
“We don’t approve of sending arms into Syria, but that is happening,” he said.
“I don’t rule out any option for the future because we can’t foresee how it will develop. But it has never been our policy in any of the conflicts in the Middle East to send lethal assistance to any of the parties involved.”
Hague said the Security Council “has not shouldered its responsibilities. It is not doing what it should be doing to try to bring a solution to this.”
He also rejected “spurious” claims by China and Russia that the resolution voted down on Wednesday would have opened up a path to military action.
“I think they don’t want to see what happens in Syria as another victory of any kind for Western foreign policy. … But this is not the West,” he said.
“They (Russia) will regret it because I think that the situation will now deteriorate further sharply and probably to the disadvantage of the Assad regime and to the disadvantage of Russian interest in Syria and the Middle East in the longer term,” Hague said.
Russia’s foreign ministry on Friday slammed Western criticism of its UN veto as “unacceptable.”



Related posts

4 Comments

  1. Uljee said:

    Can u guys come and librate all pakistanis from these corrupt mafia.they are sucking our blood.

  2. Anthony Fernandes said:

    The cowardly attack on the Interior Ministry in Damascus, was widely praised by Western Buffoons. what Hague should remember is that the London Olympics are soon to start and that making threatening statements to Syria-covrtly supporting the opposition rebels, overlooking the Al-Qaeda terrorists, creating another Osaqma Bin Laden, and then demanding that the whole world support their actions, is very regretable. If the Syrian opposition has some iota of acceptability, lrlet them prove it.. I am sure that president Bashar al Assad is willing to give them any town of their choice, toshow their acceptability, by the Syrian people. This i9s what Kofi Annan also wanted=the oppsition mobsters must show some acceptability first. It is sad that for the West that sometimes it is ethnic cleansing, while at other timesw it is arse=cleansing dependig oin their own Agenda. Time to shut up Hillary Clinton. You do not know head nor tail about asians or non-Christians in Asia.

  3. Anthony Fernandes said:

    The cowardly attack on the Interior Ministry in Damascus, was widely praised by Western Buffoons. what Hague should remember is that the London Olympics are soon to start and that making threatening statements to Syria-covretly supporting the opposition rebels, overlooking the Al-Qaeda terrorists, creating another Osama Bin Laden, and then demanding that the whole world support their actions, is very regretable. If the Syrian opposition has some iota of acceptability,let them prove it.. I am sure that president Bashar al Assad is willing to give them any town of their choice, to show their acceptability, by the Syrian people. This is what Kofi Annan also wanted=the oppsition mobsters must show some acceptability first. It is sad that for the West sometimes it is ethnic cleansing, while at other times it is arse=cleansing dependig oin their own Agenda. Time to shut up Hague keep an eye on the Olympics. You do not know head nor tail about Asians or non-Christians in Asia

Comments are closed.

Top