Britain: Opposition funding may increase if Assad waffles

April 1, 2012 11:54

ISTANBUL - Britain said on Sunday that foot dragging by President Bashar Assad over a United Nations-Arab League peace plan for Syria will trigger fresh pressure on him at the UN Security Council and possibly increase foreign governments' financing of the Syrian opposition.

Foreign Secretary William Hague issued the warning to Assad in comments to journalists before joining a "Friends of Syria" conference, that has brought together 75 countries, mostly Western and Arab states, in Istanbul.Assad has accepted the peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, but his forces continued an artillery and mortar bombardment of a pro-opposition neighborhood in the city of Homs on Saturday.

"The Assad regime has said they accepted the Annan plan but they haven't done anything about it. The fighting continues," Hague said.

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