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France says military operation in Syria not on agenda


09:04, November 18, 2011

PARIS, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Thursday France did not envisage any military operation in Syria to stop months-long bloody street clashes.

Talking to the local BFM TV channel, the French top diplomat said: "It's said why we don't do in Syria what we did in Libya. The situation is different and the international climate is different. There is no question of engaging in military action if we don't have the green light from the United Nations."

"We respect the international law. We will not have the green light because Russia continues to block it", he added.

The chief of French diplomacy hailed the Arab League decision to suspend Syria for its repression against opponents considering it a "very important" move to step up pressure on President Basha Al Assad regime.

Condemning recent deadly violence in Syria, Juppe added France wants to help the Syrian National Council, a coalition of opponents to the regime of Bashar al Assad, and encourage it to get organized.

"It must first be organized. For now, It's not really an institution. Anyway, we help them (Syrian opponents), we have contacts with them and encourage them to organize themselves", the minister said.

Last month, the Syrian opposition announced in Istanbul the creation of the Syrian National Council, which gathers all political opposition movements. It is chaired by Bourhane Ghalioun, an academic based in Paris.

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