UNITED NATIONS – The latest developments from the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, where world leaders are grappling with a multitude of global crises, including the fight against terrorism — the Islamic State in particular — and easing the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa:
France's foreign minister says his country is ready to cooperate with Russia and others in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria, but under three conditions that include an end to violence against Syria's civilians and the exit of President Bashar Assad.
Laurent Fabius told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the collective way forward must include a "broad-based negotiation toward a political transition that doesn't lead to maintaining in power Syria's hangman."
Fabius told the council that Russia has just circulated the outlines of a draft council resolution that seeks to coordinate global efforts against terrorism in Syria and elsewhere.
The French minister said another condition for cooperating with other states would be "absolute clarity" about who the countries are fighting.