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France rules out military intervention in Syria

English.news.cn   2011-08-02 19:56:53 FeedbackPrintRSS

PARIS, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The French authorities on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of military intervention in Syria, citing that the situation in Syria was different from Libya.

"The situation in Libya and Syria are not similar. No option of a military nature is considered," said Christine Fages, deputy spokeswoman of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during a regular press briefing.

"The violence this weekend marked a new and increasingly worsening unacceptable" situation suffered by Syrian citizens, added the spokesman, citing a statement by the French foreign minister Alain Juppe.

Juppe strongly condemned in the statement the clashes between Syrian security forces and demonstrators in several Syrian cities over the weekend.

The minister also called on the UN Security Council to take "responsibility by speaking loudly and clearly."

The European Union adopted earlier on Tuesday a fourth round of sanctions against five Syrian figures associated with the weekend clashes, including Syrian Minister of Defense Ali Habib Mahmud.

Editor: Xiong Tong
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