Britain and its allies 'must shape' Syrian opposition

David Cameron says political progress is more likely in Syria if people can see the country's opposition is a credible and growing force.

The Prime Minister dismissed suggestions that if European governments began arming the opposition then weapons would end up in the hands of the wrong people. He said it was important for countries like Britain and France to work with other allies to help the opposition.

In the end this is not about process, this is about really working out everything we can do to help achieve a transition at the top in Syria but also to help shape and work with the Syrian opposition which we now properly and rightfully recognise.

– David Cameron

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