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US, Britain warn Syria against chemical weapon threat

Published on Aug 23, 2012 10:11 AM

LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron and United States (US) President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday they would be forced to consider a new course of action if Syria threatens to use chemical weapons on rebel fighters.

The two leaders agreed during a telephone call that "the use - or threat - of chemical weapons was completely unacceptable and would force them to revisit their approach so far," Mr Cameron's Downing Street office said.

"Both said that they wanted to see a credible opposition and hoped that the opposition would use their upcoming meeting in Cairo to show real unity of purpose and coherence in working towards transition."

The White House said Mr Obama conveyed to Mr Cameron his concern about the "increasingly dire" humanitarian situation in Syria, and called for more countries to contribute to humanitarian appeals from the United Nations (UN).

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