U.S., France, and UK Drafting Plan on Syria as Journalist Pleads for Evacuation (VIDEO)
Edith Bouvier survived the attack that killed foreign journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in Syria on Wednesday when government forces bombarded the city of Homs with artillery.
Bouvier, a French reporter, now has a broken femur and is trapped inside Syria. She is currently under the supervision of the Free Syrian Army, one of the more established groups opposing President Bashar al-Asssad. In a video released by Bouvier and the FSA (which is viewable below), the journalist pleads for assistance in getting to the border of Lebanon where she can undergo surgery.
As Bouvier asks her government for help in saving her life, much of the international community is getting ready to meet in Tunisia on Friday to deliberate over the options they face as Syria’s government forces continue their assaults on the opposition, which has killed over 7,500 people since last March, according to a British based human rights group.
Torture and the killings of women and children are among the crimes being committed by Assad’s government, according to the UN.
At Friday’s meeting, the U.S., England, France, and others will call for a ceasefire between government and opposition groups, in order for humanitarian aid to reach areas that lack food, water, electricity, and medical supplies.
“Our priority is to facilitate the delivery of the humanitarian assistance, and we have some proposals on the table to prepare the best way to deliver this assistance as quickly as possible — if the regime would accept to open the country to the NGOs or to the Red Cross,” French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Thursday.
Juppe has joined U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and high ranking members of a dozen other countries in London on Thursday, to discuss the goals of Friday’s meeting in Tunis.
Russia, which sold $1 billion worth of arms to Syria in 2011 and in January of this year arrived at a Syrian port with 60 tons worth of weaponry, will join China in sitting out Friday’s meeting of international leaders.
China and Russia want “a speedy end to any violence in Syria and the launch of inclusive dialogue between the authorities and the opposition without preconditions for a peaceful settlement that excludes foreign interference in Syrian affairs,” according to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is taking a different approach. Speaking about Friday’s meeting, Cameron said everyone involved needs to “work out what more we can do as an international community to back the opposition, to tighten the sanctions, to put pressure on that regime, to say to countries like Russia and China you must not go on blocking important U.N. resolution that would pressurize this regime.”
Edith Bouvier’s call for help can be seen below.