DAVOS - British Prime Minister David
Cameron has dismissed any prospect of taking military action
against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime but vowed to
"tighten the ratchet in all the ways we can".
Britain and France
have joined efforts at the United Nations
to end Assad's rule. Several diplomats said they were working
and other Arab delegations on a new draft resolution
supporting an Arab League
plan that envisages Assad stepping
down and making way for a unity government to halt the bloodshed
of a 10-month uprising.
Asked on Thursday if he expected Assad to be gone by the end
of the year, Cameron told CNN: "I would certainly hope so but
I'm not going to make a forecast."
"This is not the same as Libya
and we shouldn't pretend that
it is," he added when asked whether military action could be