Hollande calls on Europe to unite over Syria, says France 'will not act without US'
Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Francois Hollande in the Oval Office at the White House on May 18, 2012 (AFP)
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France on Tuesday called on Europe to unite in their response to the ongoing Syria crisis, days before EU foreign ministers are due to meet at the weekend.
"Europe must also unite on this issue. It will do so, each with its own responsibility. France will assume its own," French President Francois Hollande said during a joint press conference with German President Joachim Gauck, according to Agence France Presse.
The French president added that if the US Congress does not approve a limited military strike on Syria and the US does not intervene in the war-torn country, France would not act alone, according to Reuters.
"When a chemical massacre takes place, when the world is informed of it, when the evidence is delivered, when the guilty parties are known, then there must be an answer," Hollande added.
"This answer is expected from the international community," he said, AFP reported.
France is pushing, along with the United States, for military action to be taken against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on August 21 that, according to Washington's intelligence, killed more than 1,400 people.
"This crime cannot remain unpunished," Hollande said, adding that "global security is at stake" in the crisis, AFP reported.
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