France's Juppe accuses Syria of 'massacres'

9th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Thursday accused the Syrian government of "massacring" its civilians who are seeking more freedom and democracy.

"The attitude of Syria is unacceptable," he said.

"One cannot continue massacring the civilian population under the pretext that this population aspires to have more freedom and democracy," Juppe told AFP on the sideline of an international meeting on Libya in Abu Dhabi.

He said he hoped that a proposed resolution condemning repression in Syria will be "voted on at the UN Security Council in the coming days."

The council began Wednesday debating the draft resolution presented by Britain, France, Germany and Portugal.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that Moscow opposed the idea of a Security Council vote condemning Syria's crackdown on opposition protests.

Damascus is Moscow's closest ally in the Middle East. Russia has a naval base at Tartus in Syria.

© 2011 AFP

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