British PM says Assad must step down

first_img Sponsored Stories Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – British Prime Minister David Cameron called on Thursday on Syria’s president to step down following an escalation of violence and bombings in the capital Damascus.Cameron also appealed to Russia and China to support a new U.N. resolution that threatens non-military sanctions and is tied to Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which could eventually allow the use of force to end the conflict. Comments   Share   “It is time for him to go, it is time for transition in this regime,” Cameron said. “Clearly Britain doesn’t support violence on either side, but if there isn’t transition there is going to be civil war. That is the clear fact that we can all see on the ground.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates “It is time for the United Nations Security Council to Pass clear and tough messages about sanctions, I believe under Chapter 7 of the U.N., and be unambiguous about it,” Cameron said.Russia, which is a close Syrian ally, has said it will veto any Chapter 7 resolution.In Moscow on Wednesday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed to Wednesday’s deadly bombing in the heart of Damascus that killed the defense minister and his deputy, President Bashar Assad’s powerful brother-in-law, and accused the West of inciting the Syrian opposition.Russia is vehemently opposed to sanctions and any mention of Chapter 7 and Lavrov argued that the British text amounted to support for the rebels and would lead to more bloodshed.“I would appeal to those who in the past have held out against tough action against Syria that what more evidence do we need of a brutal regime in Syria?,” Cameron saidHe made the call in Kabul, where he is meeting with the Afghan president and Pakistani prime minister to discuss the ongoing war in Afghanistan.The British leader said it was time for Assad to “go,” saying that otherwise civil war is inevitable. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more