France condemns Syrian 'murderous folly'

2012-05-28 20:25

Paris - Syria's leaders will have to answer for their "murderous folly", the French president's office said on Monday, a day after the UN Security Council condemned the slaughter of civilians there.

"The Houla massacre and the events of these last days in Syria and in Lebanon illustrate, once more, the danger of Bashar al-Assad's regime's actions for the Syrian people," said a statement.

"The murderous folly of the Damascus regime represents a threat for regional security and its leaders will have to answer for their acts," it added.

France will host a Friends of Syria meeting in Paris, the statement said, a day after President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron held talks on the crisis.

The two leaders had agreed to work closely together to increase pressure on Assad, the statement said.
And Hollande will discuss Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he visits Paris on Friday, the statement added.

While Russia signed up to Sunday's UN Security Council resolution, it has been condemned for having vetoed two rounds of sanctions against Assad's regime and continues to supply arms to its Soviet-era ally.

Houla massacre

On Sunday, the UN Security Council strongly condemned the Syrian government for using artillery in the massacre at Houla, central Syria, where 49 of the victims were children.

Syria has denied any responsibility and said it will launch an investigation into the carnage that took place on Friday and on Saturday.

The statement from the French president's office did not say when the Friends of Syria meeting would take place.
The United States, France, Britain, Germany, and Arab nations Saudi Arabia and Qatar are leading members of the Friends, which has held several meetings calling for tougher action against the Assad regime.

On Saturday, the rebel Free Syrian Army called for the Friends of Syria to carry out air strikes on forces loyal to Assad, after reports of the massacre in Houla emerged.

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