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.

  • Oneant - 2012-05-28 22:14

    Oh my.. What about the SLAUGHTER of Afghan civilians protecting their land, or SLAUGHTER of Iraqi women and children by Tomahawk Cruise Missiles? Im not a Arab sympathiser, but really, Reuters and Co are really starting to lay it on a bit thick to achieve their owners agenda these days. And they get away with it because 80% of people are junk eating, cubicle working morons.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-28 22:23

      Not one civilian death by NATO is intentional. And each death is rightly acted upon as if it was a grave error. I recommend getting your facts straight before making such statements which in fact are the ones with their own agenda. It's important to differentiate between the car bombs and suicide attacks by Al-Quaida and the Taliban, compared to Nato's actions which are intended to promote human rights and democracy. Not perfectly, but this is the intention. Al-Quaida and the Taliban intend to terrorize the world into allowing them to impose the most chauvinistic, heinous rules on society, devoid of human freedoms. Also, Turkey, a country of 73 million Muslims is the second-largest NATO member.

      Oneant - 2012-05-28 23:26

      Thanks Fred. My point exactly.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-29 03:21

      Ant, how about a twelve month sabbatical to Waziristan, with wife and female children

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