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France Supports International Military Action Against Syria

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- France said Wednesday that the time is drawing near to get tough with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Syrian government forces pounded Douma and several other Damascus suburbs on Wednesday as the long crackdown against opposition forces continued.

Several more United Nations monitors have arrived to determine the effectiveness of the ceasefire plan crafted by special emissary Kofi Annan, who has already admitted that it's failing to end the hostilities that have cost between 9,000 and 11,000 lives since March 2011.

With little sign that Assad will call off the bombardment against rebel targets, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe is now saying that the Security Council should opt for military intervention if the presence of U.N. monitors does nothing to stem the violence.

The last resort is the deployment of 300 monitors over the next two weeks.  Juppe said if they can't help bring the crackdown to a halt, then "we would have to move to a new stage with a Chapter Seven to stop this tragedy."  Chapter Seven allows for action that could be backed by force from an international contingent.

Passing such a resolution would likely be impossible with Syrian allies Russia and China certain to veto military intervention.  The Obama administration has also expressed its reluctance to send troops into Syria.

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Clinton Meets with Israeli, Palestinian Negotiators; Cool to French Proposal

William B. Plowman(WASHINGTON) -- Monday afternoon Secretary Clinton met separately with Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators, who were scheduled to meet with David Hale, the interim U.S. negotiator who was George Mitchell’s deputy.
Earlier Monday Clinton met with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, who just returned from the region where he pushed the idea of hosting a conference in France to get the sides back to the negotiating table.

The United States has reacted coolly to the proposal and Clinton echoed those concerns when the two spoke to reporters after the meeting.
“We strongly support a return to negotiations, but we do not think that it would be productive for there to be a conference about returning to negotiations,” she said.
“So right now we are still in a wait-and-see attitude because we don't yet have any assurance from either party that they would return to negotiations,” Clinton added. She added that the U.S. remains concerned about Hamas’ role in any government and said it would undermine any peace efforts.
The French say they are trying to make some progress before an expected vote at the United Nations in September that would decide on recognizing an independent Palestinian state. The United States has maintained that step would do little to achieve peace and would instead set back negotiations by enflaming tensions.
The Foreign Minister seemed resigned to the fact that there is little support for the conference the French hoped to hold, since only the Palestinians have said they would attend while Israel has not responded.
“We have not decided to invite anybody, right now, to the conference in Paris. So there is no question of who is coming and who is not coming. And we are only going to have this conference if there's sufficiently -- sufficient work done so that it is well-prepared,” Juppe said Monday.

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