Report: UK plans to exert pressure on Syria over ''weapons''
The UK plans to join with France and Germany to exert pressure on Syria over "weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and Iraq," the British Guardian reported Tuesday.
The plan, according to the report, is for a joint initiative by Britain, France and Germany - dubbed "the big three" countries, and is modelled on a similar tripartite effort which convinced Iran to accept nuclear inspections.
London and Berlin have already demanded that Damascus make stronger commitments to abide by international laws on "illegal weapons" as the price for a closer relationsihip with the European Union (EU).
The most obvious goal, the paper added, would be to persuade Damascus, facing the threat of U.N. sanctions, to sign up to the chemical weapons convention.
If agreed, the paper said, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his German and French counterparts would visit Damascus together, mirroring their joint mission to Tehran in October. (Albawaba.com)