France offers communications gear to Syrian opposition

June 16th, 2012 - 11:03 am ICT by IANS  

Paris, June 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) France is ready to supply communications equipment to the Syrian opposition and to individuals and is ready to make the shipments on its own, the French foreign ministry spokesman said.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France could follow the example of the US and deliver communications gear, not weapons, to the opposition in Syria.

The outside world needs “eyewitness reports” about what is happening in Syria, said foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero.

France plans to discuss the initiative with its European colleagues and Kofi Annan, but does not rule out providing the equipment on its own.

Paris still needs to decide where exactly it will deliver the equipment, whether to the Syrian National Council, opposition leaders or representatives of civil society, he said.

More than 12,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, according to UN data.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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