Foreign Secretary William Hague Syria free speech plea
Foreign Secretary William Hague has urged the Syrian government to respect its people's right to free speech and peaceful protest.
Mr Hague also called on Syria to put in place "meaningful reform", which he said was the "only legitimate response to the demands from the Syrian people".
His comments came amid protests in Syria which have challenged President Bashar al-Assad's 11-year rule.
He spoke at a joint press conference with Italy's foreign minister.