France calls for UN ministerial meeting on Syria
France on Wednesday called for a UN Security Council meeting at ministerial levels to discuss the on-going conflict in Syria, blaming President Bashar al-Assad for the tragedy that is threatening security in the Middle East, DPA reported.
France, which assumed the presidency of the 15-nation council for August, will support a vote on Thursday in the UN General Assembly, which would condemn the violence in Syria, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a statement made available in New York.
Fabius said Paris is working to organize the high-level meeting on Syria before the end of August. He also said the UN chief on peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, will brief the council on Thursday on the situation in Syria.
"France will fully use the council presidency to work out a response to the crisis in Syria," Fabius said.