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France: World must act fast on Syria
French top diplomat says world must prepare for failure of Syria peace plan
By The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) ' France's foreign minister says the international community has to live up to its responsibilities in Syria and prepare for the possible failure of an increasingly fragile peace plan.

Alain Juppe said on France's BFM television Friday that if special envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan "doesn't function, we have to envisage other methods."

Juppe says France would support a U.S.-backed proposal for a U.N. arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria.

He says this peace plan is "the last chance before civil war. ... We don't have the right to wait."

Juppe hosted U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other diplomats in Paris on Thursday to try to work out options for Syria. The U.N. chief accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of failing to honor a peace plan that went into effect a week ago.

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