Britain wants transition in Syria, not revolution

March 14, 2012 04:22


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WASHINGTON - Britain wants to see a transition of power to the opposition in Syria rather than a revolutionary overthrow of President Bashar Assad, Prime Minister David Cameron said late on Tuesday.

Syria's violent crackdown on rebel areas and how best to galvanize a response to it will feature in talks between Cameron and US President Barack Obama in Washington on Wednesday, although military action is not seen as appropriate for now.

The United Nations says more than 8,000 people have died in a year-long uprising against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian rule and 230,000 Syrians are estimated to have fled their homes.

"We're all frustrated by Syria. What's happening in Homs is completely appalling. I'm endlessly kicking the tires and asking what else can be done," Cameron told reporters.

"The shortest way of ending the violence is a transition where Assad goes, rather than a revolution from the bottom."

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