UK's William Hague says allies must ensure survival of moderate Syrian opposition

The British foreign secretary says a political end to the war in Syria is distant, and international opponents of President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) must unite to ensure the moderate opposition survives.

Foreign Secretary William Hague spoke after meeting Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign ministers at a "Friends of Syria" meeting of 11 Western and Arab countries.

Despite military gains for regime forces, Hague says the group believes, quote, "there will not be a military victory for either side."

He said its goal is "to step up our efforts to ensure a moderate opposition stays in being."

The three-year conflict has killed at least 150,000 people, and no end is in sight. This week, Lakhdar Brahimi (LAHK'-dar bra-HEE'-mee) resigned as the United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria.