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Hague laments Annan Syria quit move
Britain will increase support for Syrian opposition forces, William Hague said as he warned the resignation of peace envoy Kofi Annan was a "bleak moment" in efforts to end the bloodshed.
The Foreign Secretary insisted the diplomatic approach was not dead and defended the UK's efforts to secure international agreement, but accepted "other things" also needed to be done.
"Given the scale of death and suffering and the failure so far of the diplomatic process we will, over the coming weeks, increase our practical but non-lethal support," he told BBC Radio 4's Today.
"It will not involve sending armaments."
Asked about reports that US President Barack Obama has authorised the CIA to aid the opposition forces, Mr Hague declined to comment on any potential involvement of UK intelligence.
"I do not ever comment on intelligence matters but I can say that we are helping elements of the Syrian opposition, but in a practical and non-lethal way," he said.
"We have helped them with communications and matters of that kind, and we will help them more."
Mr Annan cited "finger-pointing and name-calling" in the 15-nation UN Security Council as one of the reasons for his decision to step down.
Russia and China have blocked British-backed resolutions in the Security Council to threaten the Assad regime with global sanctions if it fails to halt the bloodshed in the 17-month uprising.
There was little sign of progress on the issue in Downing Street talks between Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. The two leaders said only that Moscow and London would continue dialogue.