France warns Syria of possible UN military action

The French Foreign Minister, Alain Juppe, has called for a rapid increase in the deployment of UN observers in Syria. [AP]
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The French Foreign Minister, Alain Juppe, has called for a rapid increase in the deployment of UN observers in Syria. [AP]

Last Updated: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 07:36:00 +1000

The French Foreign Minister, Alain Juppe, says the United Nations might need to consider approving military action in Syria if the current peace plan fails.

Mr Juppe has joined peace envoy Kofi Annan in calling for a rapid increase in the deployment of 300 UN observers.

He says the French Government will push for a "Chapter 7" resolution at the United Nations unless Damascus complies with the terms of a peace plan by early May.

Chapter 7 of the UN charter allows the Security Council to authorise actions which can ultimately include the use of military force.

UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous says it will take a month to deploy the first 100 monitors.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 300 people have now been killed since the nominal ceasefire came into effect there earlier this month.

There are also reports that at least 12 people have been killed in the latest government rocket attacks on the city of Hama.

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