British Prime Minister David Cameron
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has strengthened his position in recent months, British Prime Minister David Cameron admits.
Speaking on the state-run BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Cameron said the Syrian government is stronger now than few months ago.
"I think he [Assad] may be stronger than he was a few months ago but I'd still describe the situation as a stalemate,” Cameron said.
He also said London is still committed to help the insurgents in Syria despite dorpping plans to arm them in the Arab country.
Britain pushed to lift an European Union (EU) arms embargo on Syria militants to open up the possibility for the West to arm the insurgents fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Cameron, however, held off after military chiefs warned over the risks of arming the insurgents.
According to reports, British public is largely against sending arms to the militats in Syria. There are also fears that any weapons Britain supply could fall into the hands of extremists.
Syrian government forces recaptured the strategically important town of al-Qusayr in Western Syria in June. Most of the much bigger city of Homs also has been retaken by the government troops.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 90,000 people have died and millions of others displaced in the violence.
The Western countries, including Britain, and their other regional allies, have been supporting over two years of militancy in Syria.
source : MOS/HE