Western powers vow to increase backing for Syrian rebels
PARIS (AFP) - Britain, France and the United States on Monday agreed to step up their backing for rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The three powers also agreed at talks in Paris that Mr Assad would face "serious consequences" if he fails to comply with a United Nations resolution setting out a timetable for the handover of Syria's chemical weapons to international control, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.
In a slight difference of emphasis, US Secretary of State John Kerry did not use the word "serious", saying: "If Assad fails to comply with the framework, we are all agreed that there will be consequences."
Mr Fabius announced there would be a major international meeting with leaders of the Syrian National Coalition in New York next week.