PARIS (AP) — France's president has called on Russia and China to consider the chaos he says will ensue if the U.N. Security Council is unable to act on Syria soon.
Francois Hollande called on the two Security Council members to "take into consideration ... that it will be chaos and civil war if at some moment (Syrian President) Bashar Assad isn't stopped."
Russia and China have vetoed the Council's efforts to ramp up pressure on Assad.
Hollande — speaking in an interview aired on the iTele TV news station Saturday — called for the UN to move "as quickly as possible" over the degenerating situation in the country, and said Assad "will use force to the end."
Assad's regime is reportedly in the midst of an assault on Syria's largest city Aleppo.
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