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Sep 04, 2013 at 11:57am IST

Military strike on Syria will not lead to war, says French Ambassador

New Delhi: The Ambassador of France Francois Richier on Tuesday met the Senior MEA officials to convince India of the need to launch punitive strikes on Syria. Richer in an an interview with CNN-IBN said that the strikes would be limited and would not lead to a bigger war.

"We are not proposing a military solution. We want to react to the use of chemical weapons," he said.

Speaking about France by passing the United Nations over the attack he said, "Of course we would love to have a UN mandate but the UN is deadlocked. We can't have inertia. Doing nothing is not an option".

The Ambassador said that it is an attempt to punish the Syrian government so that they do not carry such chemical weapons attack in the future. "It's important to recognise this is punitive. We are not going to war, no boots on the ground but this is to punish and deter the Syrian government," he said.

He added that they will be sharing their plans and details with other countries including India and will hope to convince them for support.