French FM calls for “a political solution” in Syria

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French Foreign Minister Laurent FabiusFrench Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called Monday for “a political solution” to the conflict in Syria, after its regime was suspected of using chemical weapons and after two Israeli raids on the country.

Israeli raids on Sunday hit three military sites outside Damascus, the second such reported attack in 48 hours, reportedly targeting weapons bound for Lebanese group Hezbollah which is an ally of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The Syrian government warned that the regional situation was “more dangerous” following the raid as fears grew of a spillover of the conflict.

“The situation in Syria is a real tragedy,” Fabius told a press conference, adding that if it continued, it could be a “human and political disaster.”

“We must try and achieve a political solution, that is the aim,” Fabius said, urging the opposition Syrian National Coalition to “insist” on a political solution to the conflict and to form “a transitional government.”

Fabius also said the Israeli air strikes could risk creating conflict in the region.

“Obviously it’s something that one can understand, but at the same time, it’s a risk,” he said of the raids. “If the conflict extends to neighboring countries, it would be a turning point in its nature.”

On Sunday British foreign minister William Hague said the Israeli air strikes showed that peace in the region was under threat, and reinforced the need to lift an arms embargo on Syrian rebels.

On chemical weapons, Fabius said the United States, Britain, France and Canada have “hints” that they were used by the Syrian regime, and would further investigate whether there was proof.

“Many of us have said that if it was demonstrated that there has been use of chemical weapons it’s a game-changer,” Fabius said.

US President Barack Obama has refused to rule out any options, but has said he did not foresee deploying US troops if Assad’s regime is proved to have used chemical weapons.

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7 responses to “French FM calls for “a political solution” in Syria”

  1. Tony Mansour Avatar
    Tony Mansour

    The French cannot make up their mind
    One day they want to arm the rebels the next day they want a peaceful solution ..

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Both together would be good. But then, they would need to be ‘conservatives’ in thought … 😉

  2. Tony Mansour Avatar
    Tony Mansour

    The French cannot make up their mind
    One day they want to arm the rebels the next day they want a peaceful solution ..

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Both together would be good. But then, they would need to be ‘conservatives’ in thought … 😉

      1. Salaphylis Avatar
        Salaphylis

        tafalsafa al himarou fa shahnaka

  3. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

    Is “a political solution” a French euphemism for the deaths of the ‘chinless twins’ ??

  4. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

    Is “a political solution” a French euphemism for the deaths of the ‘chinless twins’ ??

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