PARIS - Russia's draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria is
unacceptable to France, but Moscow's recognition that the body must
react to the bloodshed is a positive step, France's Foreign Ministry
said on Friday.
Russia unexpectedly presented a new, beefed-up draft resolution on the
violence in Syria to the security council on Thursday. Western envoys
said the text was too weak even though it expanded and toughened
previous Russian drafts.
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Both Russia and China vetoed a West European draft resolution in October that contained a threat of sanctions.
"For France, it is a positive development that Russia has decided to recognize that the serious deterioration of the situation in Syria merits a Security Council resolution," French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told a regular news briefing.
Describing the blockage in the security council as scandalous, Valero said that a UN resolution should be quickly adopted condemning crimes against humanity in Syria and supporting a credible, political solution.
"It (France) is ready to work with all of its partners but it underlines that the Russian text has elements that are not acceptable in their current form," Valero said.
"It's in particular unacceptable to put the Syrian regime's repression
on the same level as the Syrian people's resistance," he added.
Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday Russia did not
believe both sides in Syria were equally responsible for the bloodshed
and noted that the new draft called on both sides to halt the violence.