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Syria tipping into chaos, Britain s Hague warns.

Syria: Syria is tipping into chaos and collapse, and a strong UN Security Council stand is needed to push for the creation of a transition government, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday.

"It is clear that the situation is deteriorating rapdly," Hague told reporters during a visit to Lithuania.

"The intensity of fighting is increasing, there are of course many reports now of fighting every night in Damascus itself, and this is reflected in the increasing flow of refugees," he added.

Hague spoke amid reports that Syria s defence minister, General Daoud Rajha, was killed in a suicide bombing targeting the National Security headquarters in central Damascus.

While he said he had no more information about the bombing, Hague said it was a key sign of a new turn in the 16-month revolt against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"Syria is threatened with chaos and collapse, with an even worse situation than the terrible situation that has prevailed in recent months," he said.

"That is the urgency of securing not only a UN Security Council resolution, but a resolution that can then lead to a resolution of this problem, to progress towards a peaceful political process and a transitional government in Syria," he added.

He underlined that such a UN resolution should not simply rehash previous versions from the global body, but also that it should not create grounds for the kind of military intervention seen in Libya.

"This is a different situation," he explained, adding that it was crucial to implement a plan drawn up by former UN head Kofi Annan to create a Syrian transitional government including members of the opposition, based on mutual consent from those involved.

It should also make clear that there would be sanctions on those who block the move, Hague said.

"This would be a stronger resolution than anything we have passed so far. We do not yet have the support of Russia and China for such a resolution and so we are continuing to discuss that with them," he added.

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Date:Jul 18, 2012
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