Still time to avoid civil war in Syria, says HollandeJuly 14th, 2012 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS
Paris, July 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) French President Francois Hollande has said there is still time to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis and avoid a civil war in the Middle East country.
“We have to find a political position that avoids civil war. There is still time, it is high time,” Hollande said in his Bastille Day interview.
The French leader also urged Russia and China not to oppose UN sanctions against Syria.
“I told [Russian President Vladimir] Putin… that I respect their [Russian-Syrian] commercial and historical ties but the worst thing that could happen is a civil war in Syria,” Holland said.
Moscow and Beijing have twice vetoed Security Council resolutions that so much as hinted at sanctions again President Bashar Al-Assad government.
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