France is prepared to ask the UN Security Council to vote on a resolution condemning Syria for its brutal handling of the uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The French foreign minister Alain Juppé was speaking at the Brookings Institution, a think-tank in Washington, after a day of talks with US officials including the secretary of state.
“The situation is now very clear,” Juppé said. “In Syria, the process of reform is dead and we think that Bashar has lost his legitimacy to rule the country. This a point that I have discussed with Hillary Clinton. We think, all together, that now we must go ahead and circulate this draft resolution in the Security Council.”
Britain, Germany and Portugal joined France in drawing up the draft.
Last month’s European-backed attempt to secure a Security Council rebuke for Syria fell when Russia, China and India made it clear they were opposed.
This time Russia could veto the resolution.
Human rights groups believe more than 1,000 civilians have been killed in the Syrian uprising.