UPDATE 2-France wants 300 UN observers in Syria in 2 weeks

Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:37pm GMT

* Juppe says it will seek stronger resolution if plan fails

* France hopes Russian position will evolve

* New Syrian opposition group to form in Paris on Thursday (Adds creation of new Syrian opposition group)

By John Irish

PARIS, April 25 (Reuters) - France wants to see 300 U.N. observers in Syria within two weeks and will push for a "Chapter 7" resolution at the United Nations unless Damascus complies with the terms of a peace plan by early May, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Wednesday.

Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter allows the Security Council to authorise actions which can ultimately include the use of military force.

Speaking to reporters after meeting opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Juppe said there had to be a rapid deployment of observers as the plan was "extremely compromised".

"This cannot continue indefinitely. We want to see observers in sufficient numbers, at least 300 ... deployed as quickly as possible," Juppe said, adding that he wanted them in Syria within "two weeks not three months".

U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous has said it will take a month to deploy the first 100 monitors.   Continued...

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