Libya over, Syria next, says France

France did not intend to launch unilateral military action against Syria but strictly follow international law in this regard.

New Delhi: With NATO operations in Libya
coming to an end with the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, France
on Friday suggested rpt suggested Syria could be the next target
as it pushed for UN taking the "responsibilities" and sanction
the "bloody repression".

However, France did not intend to launch unilateral
military action against Syria but strictly follow
international law in this regard, French Foreign Minister
Alain Juppe said.

With the death of Gaddafi, NATO operations in Libya can
be considered over and the new government there was in control
of the entire country, Juppe said here.

"Turning to Syria, given the crimes against humanity
committed by the Gaddafi regime, France is asking the UN
Security Council to assume its responsibilities and sanction
the bloody repression," he said in a speech at the French
Embassy here.

"I hope we will soon reach an agreement on multilateral
action that can step up pressure on the Syrian regime," Juppe
said.

PTI

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