Arab League plan for peace in Syria a failure – French foreign minister

8 November 2011 - 3:34pm

The initiative of the League of Arab States (LAS) to settle the Syrian conflict via peaceful measures has “died”, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said today, RIA Novosti reports.

LAS foreign minister approved the plan for Syria. The initiative involved withdrawal of armed vehicles from populated areas, release of prisoners sentenced for anti-governmental protests and start of a dialogue with opposition.

France expressed support for the plan and recommended the dialogue of opposition and Syrian President Bashar Assad to start. Meanwhile, Syrian forces are attacking Homs. Dozens of people have died in the last 3 days.

Juppe says it is the Arab states who should be responsible for development of the situation in Syria and need to pressurize Damascus to prevent escalation of conflict.

The French minister ruled out military means to resolve the conflict. The situation in Syria is absolutely different than the Libyan problem.

France is ready to recognize the National Council of Syria if it benefits the council. Opposition in Syria is very unorganized.

Formation of the National Council of Syria was announced in Istanbul on October 2. It includes many parties opposed to Assad.

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