Diplomacy has 'failed' in Syria, warns McCain

Diplomacy has 'failed' in Syria, warns McCain

Diplomatic efforts to halt Syria’s bloodshed have “failed” and the world must send military aid to rebels to stop further slaughter, US Senator John McCain said Tuesday at a refugee camp in Turkey.

The two lawmakers visited the Syrian refugee camp Tuesday, the day regime forces were supposed to halt all violence as part of a ceasefire deal brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

The senators said their visit to Hatay was in no way related to that of Annan, who was at the camp on the same day.

McCain has made several calls to help arm the rebels. President Barack Obama’s administration has refused, instead agreeing with Turkey last month on the need to send “non-lethal” aid.

Fifty-two people including 28 civilians were killed across Syrian on Tuesday, monitors said.