France says Geneva Syria plans implies Assad must go

July 1, 2012 14:28


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PARIS - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday that a text agreed by members of the UN Security Council in Geneva on a political transition for Syria implied that President Bashar Assad would have to step down.

"The text says specifically that there will be a transitional government with all powers ... it won't be Bashar Assad because it will be people that are agreed to by mutual consent.

"The opposition will never agree to him, so it signals implicitly that Assad must go and that he is finished," Fabius told television station TF1.

Fabius also said that if the Geneva agreement was not enough, France would return to the UN Security Council to ask for the plan to be placed under Chapter 7 of the UN charter so that it can be enforced.

Chapter 7 allows the Security Council to authorize actions ranging from sanctions to military intervention.

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