May 31 - Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague tells Reuters time is running out for a peace plan in Syria and Britain and the EU are working on more sanctions. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Time is running out for a UN peace plan in Syria according to Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague. In an interview with Reuters in Istanbul, Hague said the clock is ticking. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE SAYING: " Clearly it is not being implemented now. Time is running short, even running out for that." Amateur video out of Syrian which could not be independently verified by Reuters shows no let up to the violence. Hague says he hopes Russia can step in to push Syrian president Basher al-Assad to adopt Kofi Annan's peace plan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE SAYING: "What we want to see Russia to use its leverage, its power to push the Assad regime in that regime given that they have not implemented the Annan plan and of course time is getting short for that because terrible crimes are being committed. Syria is rapidly becoming less stable not more so and there is a great danger of a collapse" He said it was too early to say whether Western militaries might intervene, adding that Britain and the European Union were working on new sanctions against Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.