Hague calls for Syria resolution
William Hague has called for a UN security council resolution warning Syria of "serious consequences" for breaches of a peace plan.
The Foreign Secretary spoke during a visit to Libya, as the UN envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Moscow to urge stronger Russian support for pressure on Damascus.
Mr Hague said: "The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate alarmingly. We have seen even more terrible massacres in recent days," the foreign secretary said during a visit to Libya.
"The British government believes it is it is imperative to have a chapter seven resolution of the security council, which should mandate the implementation of the Kofi Annan peace plan and of a transitional government."
There have been reports of heavy fighting in the Syrian capital of Damascus, with residents describing smoke rising from the city's suburbs as the army attempts to drive out rebel fighters. The conflict in the country is now being described as a civil war.
Meanwhile Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said the threat of sanctions against Syria in a new UN resolution has "elements of blackmail" at a press conference this morning.
Mr Lavrov added it would be "unrealistic" to expect Russia to pressure President Bashar Al-Assad to step down.