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France Unlikely to Play Part in Truce Monitoring in Syria - French Lawmaker

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Paris welcomes the US-Russian ceasefire initiative, according to Michel Voisin, a member of the French parliament from The Republicans.

VIENNA (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — Paris is unlikely to play a part in monitoring the Syrian ceasefire, which went into force earlier in the day, as France does not plan to send troops to Syria, a member of the French parliament from The Republicans party told Sputnik on Saturday.

"France cannot participate in the process of monitoring a fulfillment of this ceasefire agreement by the sides to the conflict as it does not have and will not plan to send any troops to the conflict area," Michel Voisin, who is also the head of the French delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, said.

According to the head of the French delegation, Paris welcomes the US-Russian ceasefire initiative.

"It offers Syrians a peaceful path towards resolving the Syrian crisis," Voisin said.

The US-Russia-brokered ceasefire in Syria came into effect at midnight local time on Saturday (22:00 GMT Friday). It was backed by a UN resolution and 97 militant groups on the ground, according to UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura.

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  • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
    What France did those past 5 years? Fueling the fire.. so when they say : "It offers Syrians a peaceful path towards resolving the Syrian crisis," looks like they don't think it.
  • jameskees
    Their "Guys" (Al Nustra) who were doing a good job in the field (according to the French former foreign minister ) have been sidelined and kept away from the cease fire. Accordingly, Paris is unlikely to play a part in monitoring the Syrian ceasefire.
  • karlof1
    What ever happened to all the political motivation to smash Daesh after the terrorist assault in Paris? Essentially, the French military's done zip, nada, nothing. And given France's previous actions toward Syria, it's no surprise that Assad wants nothing to do with anything French.
  • 'France cannot participate in the process of monitoring a fulfillment of this ceasefire agreement by the sides to the conflict as it does not have and will not plan to send any troops to the conflict area.'

    The implication being that other members of the coalition do have and will plan to send troops?

    That aside, France has been involved in the airstrikes. Surely there is some motivation there to wipe up the humanitarian mess.
  • michael
    too busy in libya perhaps?
  • vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, well, that one plane and one ship they have cannot be sent to two locations at the same time :)
  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, yes, and where is the charles de gaul?????? Great things were made when it went to the Med but then wasn't it withdrawn for other duties??
  • vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, getting a flat tyre replaced?
  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, or restocking frog's legs, escargot and champagne of course. :)
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