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PM tells Assad 'It's time to go'
David Cameron has called on Syria's president Bashar Assad to fall on his sword.
Speaking during a visit to the Afghan capital Kabul, Mr Cameron said: "I have a very clear message for President Assad. It is time for him to go.
"It is time for transition in the regime. If there isn't transition it's quite clear there's going to be civil war."
Mr Cameron was commenting a day after rebels penetrated the heart of Syria's government elite, detonating a bomb inside a crisis meeting in Damascus that killed three leaders of the regime, including President Assad's brother-in-law and the defence minister.
And, speaking before the United Nations security council voted on a new British-crafted Syria resolution, he added: "My message to President Putin is it's time for the UN security council to pass clear and tough messages about sanctions."
However, Russia and China later again vetoed the resolution threatening non-military sanctions against Syria by 11-2, with two abstentions.
Britain's UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said he was "appalled" at the third double veto by Russia and China.
A vote was postponed on Wednesday at the request of peace envoy Kofi Annan after a bomb blast in capital Damascus killed defence minister Dawoud Rajha and Assad's brother-in-law General Assef Shawkat.
The 15-member council must decide the future of a UN observer mission in Syria before its mandate expires on Friday, but the five veto-wielding permanent members - Britain, the US, Russia, China and France - remain split over whether stronger action is needed.
The observers were deployed in April to monitor a failed ceasefire under Mr Annan's peace plan.