France says May 5 'moment of truth' for Syria

April 25, 2012 18:35

PARIS - France wants to see at least 300 U.N. observers on the ground in Syria within two weeks and would push for a Chapter 7 resolution at the United Nations if Damascus does not comply by early May, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Wednesday.

"This cannot continue indefinitely. We want to see observers in sufficient numbers, at least 300... deployed as quickly as possible," Juppe said.

The minister said that May 5, when international envoy Kofi Annan is due to present a report to the Security Council on Syria, would be the "moment of truth".

"If that does not work, we cannot allow the regime (in Syria) to defy us. We would have to move to a new stage with a Chapter 7 resolution at the United Nations to take a new step to stop this tragedy," Juppe said.

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