CAMERON AND OBAMA WARNED SYRIA ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS

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David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, last Wednesday evening had two telephone conversation : the first with the French president, François Hollande ,and the second with Barack Obama, U.S. President, both concerning the “appalling” situation that continues in Syria.

Britain and France leaders agreed that their countries have to work out how to provide more support to the opposition in Syrian conflict, after the recent agreement to provide “non-lethal support” .

A Downing Street spokesperson said after the phone call: “The prime minister said that he and Hollande were 100% in agreement as they discussed political, humanitarian and military issues affecting the country and the wider region.

They discussed how to build on the non-lethal support recently announced by the UK and agreed that France and the UK would work more closely to identify how they could bolster the opposition and help a potential transitional Syrian government after the inevitable fall of Assad.” The Prime Minister then approved the warning to Syria made by Barack Obama last week, in fact in the conversation with the U.S. President , David Cameron agreed to revisit his approach if the Syrian president makes any moves towards using chemical weapons.

The No 10 spokesperson said: “Both [leaders] agreed that the use – or threat – of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad was completely unacceptable and would force them to revisit their approach so far. The prime minister and Obama discussed how to build on the support already given to the opposition to end the appalling violence in Syria and bring about stability. Both said that they wanted to see a credible opposition and hoped that the opposition would use their upcoming meeting in Cairo to show real unity of purpose and coherence in working towards transition”.

The warning to Syria by Barack Obama was made last Monday, on which he declared that Assad would face “enormous consequences” if his regime deploys chemical weapons.

Then Obama added: “We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people. We’ve been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is if we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.

” Moreover this warning by President Obama provoke an immediate reaction by the Chinese news agency, Xinhua, which accused: “Once again, Western powers are digging deep for excuses to intervene militarily”.

Xinhua criticized the warning by Barack Obama as “dangerously irresponsible” and said it would aggravate the conflict, reducing the chances of a political settlement.

The state news agency added that “foreign crusades” by Western nations would simply lead to more violence and hatred in Syria, as previous see in other interventions like Somalia, Iraq and Libya. China insists a ceasefire and UN-led mediation remain the best ways to end the conflict in Syria. Until today the United Nations estimates that 18,000 people have been killed in Syria, since a violent state response to peaceful street protests Anti-Assad generated an armed rebellion follow by a real civil war.

This week fierce fighting continued across Syria: 47 people had been killed in Damascus in the heaviest bombardment of this month. An aerial bombardment preceded an assault by tanks on the neighborhood of Kafar Sousseh where at least 22 people were killed and also an house-to-house search by government forces was led in the Nahr Eishah area with 25 dead. An Anti-Assad activist said that the attacks may have been designed to kill or capture rebel mortar teams who have used the two neighborhoods in recent days to target the city’s Mazzeh military airport.

Reuters reporters also said they had heard shells and gunfire every minute in the northern city of Aleppo and rebels and troops fought for control of a military base and airfield near the eastern town of Albu Kamal.

Furthermore at least three people were killed in a helicopter bombardment of Qastoun, in Hama province and other shelling was also reported in Deraa and Deir Ezzor in the east. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based opposition monitoring group, more than 250 people, including 171 civilians, were killed across Syria on Tuesday and at least 115 people, including 71 civilians, were killed across the country on Wednesday.

One of them was the famous Syrian journalist Mosaab al-Odaallah, killed in the house-to-house raid in the southern Nahr Eishah district of Damascus. He worked for the state-run Tishreen newspaper and was from the southern city of Deraa, cradle of the 17-month-old revolt against Assad.

Odallah was said to be sympathetic to the opposition and had used a pseudonym to write online reports about the crackdown in his home town. Massoud Akko, head of the public freedoms committee at the underground Syrian Journalists Association, said: “Most have been killed with shots to the head.

The regime appears to have adopted a systematic policy of killing journalists and social media activists”. Akko added that the death of Mosaab al-Odaallah brought to 54 the number of Syrian bloggers , journalists and writers killed by Regime during the rebellion. Unfortunately this same week another journalist was killed, the Japanese reporter Mika Yamamoto who apparently was being shot by government troops in the city of Aleppo while with members of the Free Syrian Army. She worked for independent TV news provider Japan Press, which is specialize in conflict zone coverage, and in the past she also covered the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

Ahmed Ghazali, a rebel fighter commander in Azaz, said: “We welcome any journalist who wants to enter Syria. We will secure their entry, but we are not responsible for the brutality of Assad’s forces against the media”. Five foreign journalists have been killed in Syria since the start of the war.

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