France: Study partial Syria no-fly zone

2012-08-23 22:30

Paris - France's defence minister said on Thursday that the international community should consider enforcing a no-fly zone over parts of Syria.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said completely closing Syria's airspace was equivalent to "going to war" and would require a willing international coalition that does not yet exist. The minister, however, told television station France 24 that France would participate in such an operation if it followed international legal principles.

For now, though, he suggested that a partial closure - which US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington was considering - should be studied.

France, like other Western countries, is sending supplies to the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, but the international community has been reluctant to intervene in the conflict as it did in Libya.

Le Drian reiterated that any solution must begin with Assad's resignation.

Later in the evening, President Francois Hollande said European countries were working to help unite the country's fractured opposition, to which France and other countries are already sending supplies.

Hollande, who was meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, added that France is organizing a UN Security Council meeting at the end of the month to discuss increased humanitarian aid for Syria.

Activists estimate that the 18-month conflict between the Syrian regime and rebels trying to depose Assad has killed more than 20 000 people. Another 250 000 refugees have fled to neighbouring countries.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-24 00:49

    Oops not got news for Asad. No fly zone = dictator dies

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-24 04:05

      What might be better, is to give the oppositon ,anti aircraft misssiles, so they can blow these assad terrorists out of the sky.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-24 06:13

    You should consider getting your rebels on the negotiating table!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-24 07:33

      Yeah right. For eleven months they were being shot by the thousands with sniper-fire while demonstrating peacefully, and their families were being detained, tortured and raped by the tens if thousands.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-24 08:48

      So they can be tied up and shot in the head like the youths/civilians found near the airbase yesterday ?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-24 09:03

      No Rick, political negotiations do not work like that. Both sides give guarantees of conduct during the process, sometimes even selecting a neutral venue outside of their country of origin.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-24 09:09

      Operative words: both sides. Assad had, and still has no intention of negotiating. He doesn't know what the word means. No dictator does.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-24 17:33

      For FIFTY YEARS, the 'rebels' known over the whole world as 'opposition' have askes these assad monsters to negotiate. Between father and his rotten son, they have now murdered, at the very least, FIFTY THOUSAND Syrians. It is only the dumb, ignorant and stupid, that can possibly expect from these brave oppostion members to go and sit at a table with terrorists. IT IS 'GAME OVER' FOR THAT assad THUG

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-24 06:44

    Military intervention in another country's civil war works if (1) the rebels invite it (2) the rebels are seen as better than the government (3) it is swift and certain to succeed. In Lybia these conditions were there; in Iraq they were not, usually they are not, and in Syria not one of three apply

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-24 07:00

      There will be no direct military intervention in Syria as these contras have also conceded that their coup has no significant support in that country.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-24 07:35

      To Fidel, Nelson Mandela is "a contra". This is no joke. On the US/Mandela thread a couple of weeks ago he said Nelson Mandela is a lackey of the West, a phony, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Therefore his perspective is warped, to say the least.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-24 07:44

      1 ) The FSA is virtually begging the freer world to help. 2) The FSA and the Syrian people trying to free themselves from decades of brutal oppression at the hands of the Assad family are absolutely "better than the government". What are you thinking man? 3) It's unlikely to be swift, but it is certain to succeed. Even without help, Assad is going to fall. Obviously.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-24 07:46

      Assad will lose now.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-24 07:48

    Wars will end when men stop fighting them. There are five men, to my limited knowledge, who understood what that meant: Lao-Tse, Buddha, Jesus, Francis and Gandhi

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-24 08:15

      Make me world president for life and I promise I'll fix everything!

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-24 09:06

      I don't think we can trust someone who idolises the Castro monster Fidel.Have a good weekend snake

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-24 09:13

      Name calling is silly!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-24 11:51

      Mgoqi why can you not see that the time for negotiating has long passed?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-24 12:16

      It has long passed for the chicken hawk club because they are demanding, from the comfort of their armchairs, that the fighting should continue. I on the other hand want the fighting to stop!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-24 14:58

      President for life means you are a dictator by definition.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-24 17:38

      Fidel, And you from the comfort of YOUR armchair, want this assad monster to stay in power, sothat these scumbags can terrorize the Syrian population for another fifty yerars !!!!! It is NOT goig to happen!! The Syrians want their country back

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-24 17:40

      Gerhard, YES A DICTATOR , FOR LIFE !!! Well said

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-24 09:10 Last night's show. The first ten minutes on Syria, the last on Mali.

  • joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-08-24 11:48

    The reason for the current disastrous situation in Syria is because of the interventionism of the west. They smuggle terrorists and weapons into Syria and they encourage them to commit atrocious crimes. The regime has said it is willing to negotiate with the opposition but the west wants none of that. the majority of the people of Syria support the regime. There is this false notion that the terrorists (Syrian National Council) represents all opposition groups. The truth is that after the referendum a new government was formed and opposition groups were included in this new government. The Russians and the Chinese have taken a moral stance by advocating for diplomacy as way way out of this crisis. It's so sad how the west can encourage the Palestinian people to continue dialogue with the Neo-Nazi zionist regime after 30 years but refuse for the Assad regime to enter into dialogue

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-24 12:21

      The worst part is that the so called SNC has ties to western foreign affairs departments and their intelligence agencies. As if that were not enough France and the US is already helping with the drafting of a new constitution for Syria, with no participation whatsoever of the people of Syria on whose name this revolution is being fought for.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-24 14:59

      Mgoqi that is only natural. You are a dreamer not a realist.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-24 15:08

      Can you please elaborate on what is it that is natural.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-24 15:23

      Mgoqi you become bothersome and boring. You doggedly pretend to not understand something. I guess you are just being obnoxious in true rebel style.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-24 15:27

      I would think people in the ME would be pretty tired of hearing conversations about the human rights situations they are enduring turn to Isreal and Palestine , every single time .

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-24 16:10

      Clearly you have not been following what has been going on in Syria, and like Fidel whop believes Nelson Mandela of all people is a lackey of the West, a phony, you too choose to hold an immature anti-West prejudice. You won't see a clear, true image of realty for as long as you do this.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-24 21:32

    The west will never learn, if they want a regional war they must shoot down a syrian plane, then u have war with everyone involved. One thing for sure, muslims will never like the west and nato, we have principles and we keep them. we are not prostitutes who make friends depending on interests. they can kill assad but they will unleash something worse for themselves too. in libya westerners and embassies there are being attacked, thanks to nato and the wisemen who cannot think.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-25 07:52

      Imam is not learning. And he and his Ego think they talk for all Muslims. Thankfully they don't. One hundred million Muslims have freed themselves from autocratic leadership. Imam hasn't. He's stuck himself in the dark past, and is being left behind.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-25 08:17

      Immature.madi.129, Talking about 'prostitutes' At least the West helped get rid of ' THE prostitute of North Africa" It must eat your heart out, that Libyans are well on their way to make a more just and decent soceity, in sharp contrast to the tyranny of these gaddafi dogs. But you will NEVER admit this, because it does not fit in, with your silly and childish anti Western BS !!!

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