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France will wait for UN report on Syria chemical weapons

UN reports

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—French President François Hollande said he is waiting
for the report by UN inspectors on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

“We will wait for the report from inspectors while we wait for the US Congress [to
make a decision]” said Hollande at the end of the two-day G20 meeting in St
Petersburg, Russia.

His announcement comes amidst efforts by France and the US to garner support to
prepare for military action in Syria following the use of chemical weapons that killed
more than 1400 people.

He added that the UN report will only confirm if chemical weapons were indeed used,
but not who used them. Both Paris and Washington maintain they have proof that
chemical weapons were used by Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The French president acknowledged that the G20 made evident the rift between the
member states with regards to the use of chemical weapons in the Syria.

“The report by the UN inspectors should ideally be delivered as soon as possible,
which would be much appreciated by everyone” added Hollande.

“The best case scenario would be if the UN Security Council played a role in
condemning the use of chemical weapons given that the mission of inspectors is in
fact a mission by the United Nations” said the French president. “If not, then a large
coalition will need to form to put together all the countries who do not accept that
one country, that one regime, can use chemical weapons”.

He assured everyone that France’s position was “compromised” by other European
countries, which are largely against military action.

Source: Radio France Internationale


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Obama and France still plan to strike Syria without the UK

Hollande and Obama

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Despite Britain’s rejection of David Cameron’s
proposal to attack Syria, France is ready to follow the US and strike Syria, President
François Hollande told Le Monde newspaper on Friday. Although strikes should not
take place before UN inspectors have finished their investigation in Damascus, they
could be launched before a special meeting of the French parliament on Wednesday,
he said.

France wants a firm, proportionate action against the Damascus regime,” Hollande
told Le Monde, insisting that Paris can take such action without British support.

“Every country is sovereign when it comes to taking part in an operation or not,” the
president said. “That goes as much for France as for the United Kingdom.”

Hollande is to have an “in-depth” phone discussion with US President Barack Obama,
he told the paper, pointing out that, even if he is counting on support from other
European powers and the Arab League, France is one of the few countries with the
“capacity to inflict punishment with the appropriate means”.

Germany will not take part in a military strike on Syria, Foreign Minister Guido
Westerwelle told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung on Friday.

Source: Radio France Internationale


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