UK says it's 'showtime' for Syria The current international pressure on Syria is "entirely deserved" and it is now "showtime" for its president, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says.
He said a Syrian official's claims that President Assad had threatened Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri before his murder were "very serious indeed."
Mr Straw was speaking to the BBC as he started a visit to Lebanon, which has been dominated for decades by Syria.
He said Lebanon was now at a very important crossroads for its future.
On Monday, United Nations investigators announced they wanted to interview the Syrian president about the assassination in February 2005 of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The murder caused such outrage that Syria was forced to pull all its troops out of Lebanon.
"The pressure on the Syrian regime now is much stronger now than it's been for decades," Mr Straw said.
He said that though the UK and its allies did not encourage or anticipate a collapse of the Syrian government, it was being weakened from within.
The "really serious questions" Syria faced included whether it would co-operate fully with the international community on the investigation into the Hariri assassination, "properly" recognise Lebanon as an independent state and end support for "terrorist" groups and complicity in terrorism.
"So this is showtime for the Syrian president and the regime there," Mr Straw said.
He urged the Syrian president to start implementing UN resolutions and collaborate into the probe into Lebanon's assassinations straight away.
seriously what is going to be done about Syria? Nothing. They have agents and sympathisers in Lebanon - enough to cause significant problems. However in the absence of a Syrian occupying force it's hardly as if the (overstretched) coalition forces are in a position to take preemptive action against Assad's government. Let the Lebanese sort it out.
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Originally Posted by Greek soldier
And what about Cherry Blair?? His children??
He wouldn't be the first to swing both ways would he?
His Tonyness speaks like a gay and the only explanation for the number of political comebacks of his gay 'friend' Peter Mandelson is that Mandelson has something on him