World Bulletin / News Desk
The London 11 have agreed on Thursday to increase support to the opposition in the war-torn country of Syria.
"We have agreed unanimously to take further steps together, through a coordinated strategy, to: increase our support for the moderate opposition National Coalition, its Supreme Military Council and associated moderate armed groups," said the communiqué agreed upon by 11 foreign ministers from western and Arab countries - including John Kerry and William Hague - after meeting in London.
The Foreign Secretary William Hague stated that the UK will be adding £30 million in “practical support” for the opposition and increasing funding in cross border aid.
“We will strongly support a new UN security council resolution to compel the regime to allow humanitarian aid into Syria and to halt its starvation and surrender tactics,” said Hague after the meeting.
National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SMDK) Secretary-General Bedir Camus had asked, earlier on Thursday, the London 11 Friends of Syria to provide more financial and military aid to the opposition.
The London 11 have also agreed to "hold the Assad regime accountable for the terror it is perpetrating, including through a Security Council referral to the International criminal court” while denouncing "the Assad regime’s unilateral plan to hold illegitimate presidential elections on June 3."
"I hope the countries that attend to the meeting of the core group of Friends of Syria in London today exhibit the same attitude about the presidential election in Syria," Camus told AA recalling France and Germany’s decision to prevent voting, in their respective countries, for Syria's presidential election, which is planned for June 3.
Camus also asked Friends of Syria to promote the Syrian opposition’s diplomatic representation level as the United States had done last week. On May 5, the U.S. granted the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s offices in Washington and New York foreign mission status.
The foreign ministers of Turkey, U.S., France, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Unitied Arab Emirates and U.K. constitute the core group of Friends of Syria, called "London 11.”Last Mod: 16 Mayıs 2014, 09:27