HEADLINE Macron defends missile strike on Syria

HEADLINE

Macron defends missile strike on Syria

By Gong Ming | People's Daily app

05:07, April 16, 2018

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French President Emmanuel Macron  before an interview with French journalists on April 15, 2018. (Photo: AFP)

Paris (People’s Daily) – During a live interview Sunday night, French President Emmanuel Macron made it clear that his country intervened in Syria within a precise framework aimed at providing better protections for human rights by applying UN resolutions. 
“The operation was conducted in the context of international legitimacy, without declaring war on the Assad regime, and without any collateral damage to the Russians,” Macron told journalists.
Confronted with the question of how is it possible to maintain peace by declaring war, Macron defended the military actions and said France did not declare war, and was doing its job so international laws and resolutions wouldn’t become dead letters.
The UN has adopted several resolutions on the use of chemical weapons that have yet to be implemented, Macron pointed out, emphasizing the US-led Saturday morning operation was completely legitimate and reached within a multilateral framework.
The French president explained that the priority in Syria is mainly aimed at Deash and the battle against Islamic extremists.
“France is preparing for an inclusive and sustainable political solution for Syria. We have to talked to Russia, Iran and Turkey to find this solution,” said Macron, adding he will visit Russia in May and hopes to visit Turkey and Iran later this year. 

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