The new measures should also include material employed in carrying out the repression. ''No decisions have been taken yet, it depends on the member states'' said an EU diplomat. ''Talks are going on with the UN envoy Kofi Annan in order to evaluate the right timing for operations''.
In the meantime, China has said they are willing to contribute ''in any necessary way'' including sending officers, to the next UN ceasefire monitoring mission. So announced the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin during a press conference in Beijing.
The presence of observers in Syria is an urgent matter, the situation ''is not at all good'' and the ceasefire is ''fragile'', said Ahmad Fawzi, the spokesperson for Kofi Annan, special envoy to the UN and the Arab League, speaking from Geneva. At the moment, seven primary international observers are present in Syria. Monday another two will arrive and in the course of next week the number should rise to about 30, the expected number for the first mission approved by the UN Security Council. The next step is in the hands of the Security Council which will have to adopt a resolution which authorises the sending of ''up to 300 observers'' as requested by the Secretary General of the UN: as soon as that resolution is approved, ''we will be ready to move observers in very, very quickly'', said Fawzi. In France, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe' said that the future force of UN observers in Syria will have to be equipped in order to guarantee the ''freedom to demonstrate.'' What is needed is ''observers on the ground which also have the means, equipment, helicopters and can ensure the right to demonstrate'', Juppe' told BFM-TV.
The socialist candidate at next Sunday's elections for the Presidency, Francois Hollande, said that should he be elected and should the UN decide for military intervention, France ''would participate.'' (ANSAmed).