European powers condemn Assad

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04:14pm

Two European countries have condemned Assad for failing to meet the deadline.

France, which ruled Syria until independence in 1946, has said the government's claim that it has abided by the ceasefire is a "blatant and unacceptable lie."

"The Syrian foreign minister's statements this morning affirming an initial implementation of the Annan plan by the Damascus regime are a fresh expression of this blatant and unacceptable lie," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told journalists.

British foreign secretary William Hague, meanwhile, also released a statement condemning the government for failing to stop the killing.

"There is no evidence so far that the Assad regime has any intention of adhering to any agreement it makes."

Neither statement condemned the armed opposition for continuing to use force, but Hague said he was willing to increase support for those seeking to destroy the regime.

"We will be ready to intensify our support for the Syrian opposition, and to support others seeking to do the same. And we will begin the process of seeking the referral by the security council of the situation in Syria to the international criminal court."

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 16:14

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