France, Morocco, against military role in Syria
RABAT, March 9, 2012 (AFP)
The foreign ministers of France and Morocco reiterated their opposition Friday to outside military intervention against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria to end its crackdown on the opposition.
“We reject any military intervention in Syria, and the Arab League has always favoured a political solution,” Morocco’s Saad Eddine Othmani said at a joint press conference with his French counterpart Alain Juppe.
Juppe for his part said that while the situation in Syria was “unacceptable and scandalous” the military option “is not on the agenda.”
Othmani also called on Russia to “make an effort” and support the latest draft resolution on Syria to be put to the United Nations Security Council.
Russia said Friday it opposed the US-drafted resolution because it did not contain a call for a simultaneous halt to violence by the government and rebels.
Russia, jointly with China, has vetoed two previous UN Security Council drafts on the nearly year-long Syrian crisis.
“I remain optimistic,” Othmani said, adding, “The Syrian regime is isolated.”
A draft of the new resolution draft obtained by AFP demands that the Syrian government “immediately” cease all violence and calls on opposition groups to ”refrain from all violence” once these conditions are met.