French FM calls for return to 'rules and limits' in Middle East

13th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 12 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier on Wednesday called for a return to "rules and limits" in the Middle East after the beheading of a US national in Iraq and the latest violence in the Gaza Strip.

PARIS, May 12 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier on Wednesday called for a return to "rules and limits" in the Middle East after the beheading of a US national in Iraq and the latest violence in the Gaza Strip.

Referring to the bodies of Israeli troops "blown to pieces" in a Gaza City bomb attack and the "decapitations and torture in Iraq", Barnier said: "A sort of call to conscience, to reason must be launched."

The French foreign minister told the OECD Forum that a "wake-up call" was needed to "rediscover a certain number of rules and limits that seem to have been forgotten" in the Middle East.

He insisted on the primacy of international law and the central role of the United Nations in resolving conflicts - two concepts cited by France in its opposition to the Iraq war.

The comments marked Barnier's first public reaction to the revelations of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by coalition forces in Iraq.

The beheading of US businessman Nick Berg, whose execution by his masked captors was shown in a video posted on an Islamist website, sparked international outrage and revulsion on Wednesday.


©AFP

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