London, May 19: UK Prime Minister David Cameron has signaled that British military personnel could be deployed to Syria to increase pressure on the Assad regime over human rights abuses.
Addressing the Group of Eight summit in the US, Cameron outlined that more must to done to stop Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from oppressing his own people and Britain is prepared to contribute its officers for an ‘enlarged international monitoring mission’ in Syria.
“Civilians are still being killed at a rate of more than 30 a day in Syria,” The Telegraph quoted Cameron, as saying.
There are more than 200 United Nations monitors inside Syria, where over 9,000 people have died since last year as the regime continues to suppress opposition to Assad’s rule.
The monitors are in the country as part of a deal negotiated with Assad by Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary-general, which is supposed to lead to a ceasefire and talks between the regime and its opponents.
However, as Assad’s allies “continue to show wanton disregard” for the Annan process, Cameron warned delegates at the Camp David summit that the ‘regime must be put under much greater pressure’.
Referring to Cameron’s speech, a Downing Street source said, “We need to make the regime feel that their every action is being closely scrutinised and that means observers up and down the country with their eyes and ears to the ground.” (ANI)