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Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK has made clear that President Assad must reform or step aside.
Speaking about the reports of a violent crackdown by the Syrian regime in Hama, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
“Violent repression in Hama will only further undermine the regime’s legitimacy and raise serious questions about whether it is committed to the reforms it has recently announced. No meaningful political dialogue can take place while there is a brutal military crackdown.”
“The UK has made clear that President Assad must reform or step aside. If the regime continues to choose the path of brutal repression, pressure from the international community will only increase”.