'Reaction with force' needed in Syrian issue: French FM

Foreign Minister Fabius said, France will take its decision on Syria in coming days and added "all options including military intervention were being assessed"

'Reaction with force' needed in Syrian issue: French FM

World Bulletin/News Desk

French Foreign Minister Lauren Fabius said on Sunday that a "reaction with force" would be needed if it were proven that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons against its people.

In an official visit to Israel, Fabius called on the international community to react to the latest incidents in Syria.

"If the international community does not respond, people will wonder who is trustworthy" said Fabius.

Israeli President Shimon Peres described the latest incidents in Syria as "indecent images of modern history".

"This atrocity must be stopped"

Gathering together with Fabius, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "I know France shares the same concerns over the ongoing tragedy in Syria with Israel. The Syrian regime is committing a crime against its own people. It is really shocking, and this atrocity must be stopped."

Blaming Iranian government for helping the Syrian regime, Netanyahu added: "Assad regime is the customer of Iran and Iran is using the region as a testing area. Iran observes the effects of the chemical weapons with this event."

Fabius said France will take a decision on Syria in coming days and added "all options including military intervention were being assessed".

On French radio, Europe 1, regarding a possible military intervention to Syria, Fabius pointed out that the pressure on Damascus is higher than ever.

Fabius said, France will assess its reactions in a restrained, determined and cold-blooded way and reach a decision in the coming days".

In response to a question, Fabius said "all options including military intervention were being assessed".

On Wednesday, Syrian opposition coalition blamed the Syrian regime forces of carrying out a chemical weapon attack in suburbs of capital Damascus, which killed at least 1,300 people.

But the Syrian regime strongly denied the allegations and described reports and figures as "lies and groundless," saying reports were aimed at "distracting a visiting team of United Nations chemical weapons experts from their mission."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ağustos 2013, 15:17
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