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UK to ask UN to back Syria action

The UK is to put a draft resolution to the UN Security Council later "authorising necessary measures to protect civilians" in Syria, David Cameron said. But an ITV News poll appears to show the public is evenly divided on taking military intervention

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Lord West: Action with the UN 'would be much better'

The former security minister Admiral Lord West has said he is "pleased" David Cameron is taking the issue of Syria to the UN Security Council.

The former head of the Navy said: "In terms of legality I think action would be legal, for a coalition of the willing.

"But how much better to get the UN Security Council. You'd have many more nations then involved with it (so) you could pull in all sorts of other ways to achieve things."

He added: "We need to be very clear on what is our game plan... What at the end is going to make our nation and the globe more secure and ideally help the Syrian people."

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