France's Hollande: No solution in Syria unless Assad goes

By REUTERS
June 1, 2012 23:05

 
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PARIS - French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that the only way out of the ongoing crisis in Syria was the departure of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which would require an increase in international pressure and more UN sanctions.

"The regime of Bashar Assad has behaved in an unacceptable and intolerable manner and has committed acts which disqualify it," Hollande told a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. "No solution to this crisis is possible without the departure of Bashar Assad."

"I believe that more sanctions are an essential part of a political solution," he said.

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