Foreign Secretary welcomes UN demand that Assad pull back troops

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Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed today's UN Presidential Statement on Syria which demands that the regime pull back troops by 10 April.

He said:

“Today the Security Council has unanimously demanded that the Syrian regime meet its commitment to pull back troops by 10 April and end the violence, further backing Kofi Annan and his six point plan. It has made clear that we will not accept any more broken promises or allow Assad’s brutal assault to continue. The Syrian authorities must prove to the international community and more importantly the Syrian people that they are sincere about ending the killing. If they do not, the Security Council must act to increase the pressure on the regime.”