France to help Syria's 'liberated zones'

By REUTERS
August 31, 2012 14:34

 
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NEW YORK - France plans to channel aid to rebel-held parts of Syria so that these "liberated zones" can administer themselves and staunch an outflow of refugees, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

He said France and Turkey had identified areas in the north and south that had escaped President Bashar Assad's control, creating a chance for local communities to govern themselves without feeling they had to flee to neighboring countries.

"Maybe in these liberated zones Syrians who want to flee the regime will find refuge which in turn makes it less necessary to cross the border whether in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan or Iraq," Fabius said after a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Thursday.

It was not clear how Fabius's promise to allocate much of its future 5 million euros ($6.25 million) aid for Syria to these areas would protect civilians and deter them from fleeing.

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