Syrian conflict in stalemate, but Assad is stronger, Cameron says
The Syrian government may have got “stronger” in recent months, but more can be done to help Syria’s opposition forces, David Cameron has said.
The UK Prime Minister told the BBC there was a “stalemate” on the ground, but work must continue internationally to try to find a solution.
“I think he [Assad] may be stronger than he was a few months ago but I’d still describe the situation as a stalemate.”
UK military chiefs have warned of the risks of arming rebel groups.
“UK should have nothing to do” with elements of the opposition also reported to have committed atrocities.
Mr Cameron said there was “too much extremism” among the opposition, but moderate groups still deserved support.
“There is too much extremism among the rebels. There is also still appalling behavior from this dreadful regime using chemical weapons. There is an enormous overspill of problems into neighboring countries.”
Syrian government forces have taken the initiative in recent months, and have been bolstered by the capture of the strategically important town of Qusair in the west of the country in June.
Most of the much bigger city of Homs has been recaptured by government troops.
.Syrian Breaking News Agencies