Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:32AM
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has accused the Syrian government of failing to adhere to the April 12 ceasefire with the rebels amid reports that London is arming rebels to inflame armed conflict in the Middle Eastern country. “I remain extremely concerned that [Syria] is still failing to meet its commitments, and that there has been further violence and the use of heavy weapons since 12 April when a ceasefire should have come into effect,” Hague said in a statement on Saturday. Damascus announced last week that it can only stay committed to the ceasefire if the rebels halt their terrorist attacks against civilians, stressing if such attacks continue the Syrian army will intervene to protect the population. Hague also threatened Damascus on Saturday saying that they will be held to account for their “intensified military efforts” against the rebels. However, the facts on the ground show rebels have not halted their attacks, nor is Britain interested in allowing them to do so. Syrian media released footage on Saturday of 12 mutilated bodies of civilians kidnapped by armed groups in Homs. Back in February when Britain and other so-called Friends of Syria group members talked of involvement in an Arab-League-led peacekeeping mission in Syria, Hague admitted that there are widespread fears in Russia and China that the force could be a pretext for another western intervention similar to Libya. It was disclosed at the time that Britain was leading arms deliveries and tactical support to Syrian rebels with British forces - along with their Qatari peers - being active in the training of militants to help topple the Syrian government. The reports said Britain and Qatar have four operation centers in Homs, but there has been no indication since that London has removed its forces from Syria. Against such a backdrop, London seems to be directly engineering terrorist acts in Syria through armed groups to trigger Damascus’s ‘intensified’ operations. Such a situation will slide Syria toward civil war, which will in turn set the stage for Security Council’s thumb-up for military intervention in Syria - what the “Friends of Syria” including Britain have long sought. AMR/MF/HE