PM David Cameron: Bashar Assad must face the courts
Bashar Assad must not escape prosecution even if he is allowed to play an interim role in any political solution in Syria, David Cameron insisted as he arrived in New York for the 70th anniversary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
Vladimir Putin is among those attending amid concerns over an unexpected build-up of Russian troops in support of the Moscow-backed Assad regime.
The Prime Minister will use the meeting to press his case that the Syrian president "can't be part" of a peaceful solution to the civil war.
But he joined Western allies such as the US and France in signalling a willingness to discuss whether Assad could play a transitional role.