Obama, Cameron want 'immediate' halt to Syria unrest

13th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday called for an "immediate" halt to the bloodshed perpetrated by Syrian security forces, the White House said.

During a telephone conversation, the two leaders reiterated "their deep concern about the Syrian government's use of violence against civilians and their belief that the Syrian people's legitimate demands for a transition to democracy should be met," according to a White House statement.

"They agreed on the need for an immediate halt of all bloodshed and violence against the Syrian people."

It said the pair vowed to "closely monitor the actions that the Syrian government is taking and to consult on further steps in the days ahead."

They also discussed "recent developments" in the financial system amid eurozone debt concerns and after a historic first-ever downgrade of US sovereign debt, as well as the wars in Libya and Afghanistan.

Cameron "expressed his condolences for the loss of life resulting from the August 6 downing of the US helicopter in Afghanistan" that killed 30 US troops -- including 17 US Navy SEALs and three Air Force special operations forces -- seven Afghan troops and an interpreter, the statement added.

And Obama joined Cameron in "welcoming the return of public order following several days of looting and violence in a number of British cities."

© 2011 AFP

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