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France Wants UN Resolution on Aleppo, Force Russian Veto

  • Reuters

FILE - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault speaks during a meeting addressing actions and cooperation on the large movement of refugees and migrants, Sept. 19, 2016, at U.N. headquarters.

FILE - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault speaks during a meeting addressing actions and cooperation on the large movement of refugees and migrants, Sept. 19, 2016, at U.N. headquarters.

France's foreign minister said on Wednesday he was working to put forward a United Nations Security Council resolution to impose a cease-fire in Aleppo, and that any country that opposed it would be deemed complicit in war crimes.

Speaking to lawmakers, Jean-Marc Ayrault accused Syria, backed by Russia and Iran, of carrying out an "all-out war" on the population, something that Paris could not sit by idly watching.

"At this very moment, we are proposing to discuss a resolution to obtain a ceasefire in Aleppo," Ayrault said. "This resolution will leave everyone facing their responsibilities: those who don't vote it, risk being held responsible for complicity in war crimes."

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