France warns Syria peace ‘compromised’
France: France warned Wednesday that it may push for a
resolution allowing the use of force in Syria and said it wanted UN
monitors to deploy within a fortnight as the peace plan was “strongly
“Things are not going well, the (Kofi) Annan plan is strongly
compromised but there is still a chance for this mediation, on the
condition of the rapid deployment of the 300 monitors,” Foreign Minister
Alain Juppe said.
He said he wanted them deployed “within a fortnight, not in three
months.” Juppe said that May 5 -- when Annan is to present his next
report on the peace process -- would be “a moment of truth”.
If the UN mission “is not working, we cannot continue to accept the
defiance of the regime”, he said. He said the international community
would have “to move on to another step which we have already started
raising with our partners, under Chapter Seven of the United Nations
A Chapter Seven resolution, which can be imposed by the Security
Council if member states think peace is threatened by an act of
aggression, authorises foreign powers to take measures including
Juppe pointed out however that such a resolution, which was also
mooted by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week, was unlikely
“We know well that it would probably face a veto by such or such a
member (of the Security Council), but this is one more reason to
continue our efforts to explain,” he said.
Russia and China have previously vetoed efforts to strengthen
measures against the Syrian regime.
“The Damascus regime does not respect the commitments it made.
Repression is continuing.
Monitors cannot work on the ground. This cannot last indefinitely,”
Juppe said, after meeting Syrian opposition members.
Juppe said he hoped Russia would draw the right conclusions from
Syria's efforts to block the monitors' deployment. AFP