13 November 2012, 05:00

Cameron’s plan to send troops to Syria rejected

Cameron’s plan to send troops to Syria rejected

Prime Minister David Cameron is on collision course with his own military commanders over war-torn Syria.

He had ordered chiefs to draw up a raft of military options - including establishing “safe zones” to protect civilians. But he faces a major battle because top brass are dead set against the idea.

A military source said: “When one Brigadier heard the news Cameron wanted an armed solution his response was, ‘you and whose Army?’”

The source added: “They don’t want to get embroiled in another war when they’re already stretched beyond capacity.”

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary William Hague are also thought to oppose military intervention.

They say Syria is a totally different prospect to Libya because Bashar al-Assad has formidable armed forces and backing.

But Mr Cameron - fresh back from a tour of Syrian refugee camps - is desperate to end the bloodshed.

General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff, admitted yesterday it “was not impossible” troops would be sent.

Russia turns down Syrian opposition 's ultimatum

Moscow considers unacceptable all ultimatums of the armed Syrian opposition concerning Russia’s position on Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has announced.

In his statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website on Monday, the diplomat stresses that the future of Syria should not depend on those who stake on the use of force and terrorism.

An ultimatum of the so-called Military Council of the Free Syrian Army of Damascus and Its Environs was circulated on Sunday. It demands that all foreign diplomatic missions and the staff of foreign companies should leave Syria within 72 hours.

In addition, a spokesman of the council declared that Russia would be considered a hostile country unless it revised its position on the Syrian problem.

Six Gulf states recognise new Syrian opposition bloc

The Gulf Cooperation Council said Monday its six member states have decided to recognise the newly formed National Coalition of the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

"The states of the council announce recognising the National Coalition for the Forces of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition... as the legitimate representative of the brotherly Syrian people," GCC chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement.

The GCC comprises Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

Limited UK intervention in Syria possible – head of united opposition

Head of the Syrian opposition’s National Coalition Mahmoud al-Hamza has made a statement saying the UK may consider intervening into Syria in a limited way.

“Everything has been leading to this but we have no details yet,” he said.

Mr. Hamza didn’t say if he knew anything about a concrete srategy the West may pursue in its military intervention.

Voice of Russia, AFP, RIA, The Sun

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