France's Juppe: Day coming for Assad to face justice

February 27, 2012 21:02

GENEVA - The day is coming when Syrian President Bashar Assad and the country's civilian and military authorities will face justice for crimes against the population, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Monday.

In a speech to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Juppe called on the international community to prepare the conditions for referring Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

He criticized the UN Security Council's "impotence" on Syria, shown by vetoes from China and Russia, and said that an Arab League peace plan which calls for Assad to step down was the only alternative to end the country's crisis.

"The day will come when the Syrian civilian and military authorities, first among them President Assad himself, must respond before justice for their acts. In the face of such crimes, there can be no impunity," Juppe told the 47-member Geneva forum, which will hold an emergency debate on Syria on Tuesday.

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