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France Preparing For No-Fly Zone Over Syria

August 24, 2012

France preparing for no-fly zone in Syria?

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Paris said it is considering helping to enact a partial no-fly zone over Syria, proposed earlier by the US. The move adds yet more pressure on Damascus as the fiery rhetoric increases.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian signaled that the possibility of establishing a no-fly zone in the area, between the Turkish border and the flashpoint city of Aleppo, should be considered.

“The idea of a no-fly zone over a particular part of Syria, as suggested by Hillary Clinton, should be examined,” he said in an interview with France24.

Le Drian stressed that the Syrian crisis would never be resolved unless President Bashar Assad steps down.

Noting that the Syrian opposition is “is not yet entirely solidified”, the Defense Minister reasserted France’s support of anti-government forces.

“We are increasing our efforts to support a robust Syrian opposition that is capable of taking the reins of the country…,” he said.

The statement comes after the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, indicated earlier this month that a no-fly zone was an option in resolving the ongoing crisis.

Meanwhile, Russia continues to oppose any military action against Syria and calls for a peaceful solution and further dialogue

On Thursday, Moscow said it was working closely with Damascus to ensure that its arsenal of chemical weapons remains under firm control and has won promises that the weapons of mass destruction will not be used or relocated, AP reports, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.

Last week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that military action in Syria will end in catastrophe and stressed that the solution to the ongoing conflict is the Geneva accord peace plan.

“Statements, saying the document [Geneva accord] is as good as dead imply that someone seeks a pretext for military intervention. This is worrying as it can only lead to catastrophe in the region,” Lavrov said in an interview with Sky News Arabic.

Back in June the international community reached an agreement at a summit in Geneva, calling for a transitional government in Syria to bring an end to the ongoing conflict in the country.

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  1. Shahed Ullah
    August 24, 2012 at 6:32 am

    USA Should not think unilaterally over Syria issue. Everything can be solved by understanding. Every problem has a creative solution and UN body and other member should be given best priority without any manipulation. Most of all this is Middle East issue and they should be given first priority, any military action will make the situation worst not only for Syria but for whole Middle East and Everyone will be suffering for a long time.

  2. ahmed tarek kalahji
    August 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    ” Talk about no-fly zones in Syria will deepen the conflict, and will not contribute to solving the crisis, and I believe that France and the United States is trying to deliver the conflict in Syria to the stage of no return, France signed the Geneva document, but after hours flipped on this document because they do not have the desire to findsolution.French proposal is theoretical, but in practice this can not be imposed embargo on Syria”

  3. Michael
    August 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Will U.S., U.K.,France and Germany forcefully push for “no fly zone” over Bahrain, Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, South-Central, Southern & South-Eastern Turkey, Northern Iraq, Gaza Strip & Israel occupied West Bank and Morocco occupied Western Sahara with same zeal as proposed for Syrian Arab Republic?
    Meanwhile, countless innocent people will suffer in Syria by the will of true Axis of Evil!
    “You know them by their deeds.”
    Blood trail leads to Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, Riyadh, Ankara…..,where else?!

  4. rosemerry
    August 25, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I am sad that the so-called “socialist” President of France is following the Sarkozy/US/UK Libyan interfering strategy, not justified and likely to be destructive once more.

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