Aug 24, 2012
PARIS: France indicated Thursday that it would consider supporting a partial no-fly zone over Syria, turning the screws on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime as fighting rages in Damascus and second city Aleppo.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian however warned that shutting all of Syria’s air space would mean “going to war” and would require a willing international coalition that has not yet materialized.
Speaking on France 24 television, Le Drian called for considering a partial closure of Syria’s air space, as suggested by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“A possible delimited zone around which there could be a ban of some sort, such as suggested by Hillary Clinton, should be studied,” he said.