Army piles pressure on militants in north lebanon: EU
BELFAST, France – «Do you really want to talk about a ceasefire? We’re just going to talk about a ceasefire.»
That was the message the French president Francois Hollande received on Tuesday evening when he우리카지노 spoke to the European Council about what he described as a «concerning» escalation of tension between two groups in the north of France, fighting that has put civilians at risk.
«If there is a ceasefire, there must be a guarantee that the parties to the conflict cease any military activities that could undermine the security of the ceasefire, in particular a mili바카라tary escalation» that threatens civilians, Hollande said, calling it a «vital link» in the efforts to defeat terrorism.
The F우리카지노rench president’s words came after a conference on security and stability called by European leaders to address what they call a growing jihadist threat in Europe. They said the level of violence and fear that has gripped the EU over the past decade was alarming and had a detrimental impact on both the region and Europe.
Fearing a return of the old Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and with new Islamist terror plots targeting civilians and police in Europe, the EU Council called for an expanded role for its member states at the heart of international efforts to fight it, including efforts to ensure the European Union’s intelligence network, known as BNDEGM, has a presence in the north.
At an emergency NATO meeting that was called by France after several of the Islamic State terrorists responsible for the Paris attacks were killed, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged both sides to take all necessary measures to end the situation on the ground.
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But there was no agreement from the other members to impose military action that would directly threaten civilians, a source in the meeting told Reuters.
«The only option left is a ceasefire,» France’s EU and foreign affairs minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, told the meeting. «If a ceasefire cannot be found… we need to be prepared to go to war.
Ayrault’s comments drew fresh criticism from Germany, which argued that talks on establishing a regional force to address threats from both Islamic State and Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria had not moved forward.