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French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault attends a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (not pictured) in Cairo, Egypt, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files

Paris – France is seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution for a ceasefire in Aleppo, adding that any country opposing it would be deemed complicit in war crimes.

French sources revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that it is crucial to exert all political efforts to force Russia on pressuring the Syrian regime to stop the air strikes on the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.

Speaking to lawmakers at the National Assembly, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that France can’t stand by watching as Syria wages an “all-out war” on its people.

“At this very moment, we are proposing to discuss a resolution to obtain a ceasefire in Aleppo,” Ayrault said. “This resolution will leave everyone facing their responsibilities: those who don’t vote for it, risk being held responsible for complicity in war crimes.”

Observers believe that France’s decision to pursue a U.N. resolution is more of a humanitarian position rather than a political one. In addition, all meetings in New York as part of the Security Council or the Support Groups for Syria or the closed meetings between John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov were not successful in reactivate the ceasefire in Aleppo that was only respected for a week.

“The Security Council must condemn the use of chemical weapons under chapter 7,” Ayrault said.

Officials in Paris believe that what is happening in Aleppo is the regime’s attempt, backed by Russia and Iran, to rule through military solutions considering that Aleppo’s battle will influence the war in Syria as a whole.