UK joins in on the “chemical weapons” usage line..unlocking a route to Syria say the Chinese
The UK has joined the US in warning Syria that the use or threat of chemical weapons would force them “to revisit their approach”.
The warning came after a telephone call between Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama.
The PM also spoke to French President Francois Hollande. The three discussed building support for the opposition.
Earlier, Chinese state media accused Mr Obama of using the chemical arms issue as an excuse for military intervention.
Also on Wednesday, fierce fighting raged in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and in Damascus, which residents said had witnessed the heaviest attack by government forces since the army re-asserted its control of the capital last month.
Mr Cameron and Mr Obama both agreed “that the use – or threat – of chemical weapons was completely unacceptable and would force them to revisit their approach so far”, said the spokesman.
The comments echoed those by Mr Obama earlier in the week, when he said he would change his thinking on intervention if Syria used chemical weapons.
The two leaders, along with Mr Hollande, discussed “how to build on the support already given to the opposition” and “help a potential transitional Syrian government after the inevitable fall of [President Bashar al-] Assad”.
Mr Obama and Mr Cameron called for a “credible opposition” that would “show real unity of purpose and coherence in working towards transition”.
The three leaders also discussed the plight of Syrian refugees.
The spokesman said: “The prime minister emphasised the need to work with the UN and… that more should be done by the international community to channel humanitarian aid through the UN appeal.”
Chinese state media have accused US President Barack Obama of planning to use Syria’s chemical weapons as an excuse for intervening militarily.
The state news agency, Xinhua, was responding to a warning from Mr Obama that Syria would be crossing a “red line” if it tried to use such weapons.
“Once again, Western powers are digging deep for excuses to intervene militarily,” it said.
China and Russia have blocked attempts to impose UN sanctions on Syria.
Xinhua’s commentary is not an official statement but it reflects fears among China’s communist leaders that the West wants regime change in Syria under the guise of humanitarian action, the BBC’s Damian Grammaticas reports from Beijing.
In Syria on Wednesday, government military operations intensified in the capital, Damascus, and in the second city, Aleppo, activists said.
Opposition activists say more than 20,000 people – mostly civilians – have died since the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began last year.
now the UK joins in like a good actor does..and china is onto it..already calling it a way into Syria.. which is what it is..we await the stories..