Hollande Urges Syria Opposition to Form Interim Govt., Says Working with Partners on Possible Buffer Zonesإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
French President Francois Hollande warned Monday that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would be a legitimate reason for a foreign intervention.
"We with our allies remain very watchful to prevent the use of chemical weapons by the regime, which would be for the international community a legitimate cause for direct intervention," Hollande said in a speech to French diplomats.
Hollande also said France was ready to recognize a provisional Syrian government once it was formed and urged rebels to establish one as soon as possible.
Calling for an "intensification of efforts for the political transition to take place quickly," Hollande urged the Syrian opposition to form a "provisional, inclusive and representative" government.
"France will recognize the provisional government of the new Syria as soon as it is formed," he said.
Hollande also confirmed France was working with its partners on the possible establishment of buffer zones within Syria to receive people displaced by the conflict and prevent them flooding over the borders with neighboring states.
Turkey in particular has been pushing for such a move, which would require military back-up to ensure the security of the refugees.
"We are working ... (on) the initiative of buffer zones proposed by Turkey," Hollande said, adding that "we are doing so in coordination with our closest partners."
Hollande also said the opposition of Russia and China to action against the Syrian regime was weakening the United Nations.
"I am saying to Russia and to China that their attitude in the Syria crisis is weakening our capacity to fulfill the mandate given us by the United Nations charter," he said.
"Our country only participates in operations to keep the peace or protect civilians by virtue of a mandate and therefore a resolution of the United Nations Security Council," Hollande said.
"For this the (Security Council) members must take their responsibility to allow it to take decisions," he said.