Given the documented atrocities committed by the Bashar al Assad regime upon the Syrian people, France has rightly held that Assad cannot be a part of any solution to his fueled violence in the Levant.
France has sensibly recognized the dangers posed by any attempts to legitimizing a regime that has committed crimes against humanity. The Assad regime has used chemical barrel bombs upon civilians. The regime has gassed hundreds of Syrian children to death. More than 250,000 people have died thus far in Assad's perpetrated war. More than seven million Syrians have been displaced by Assad's war. Nations from Europe to the Middle East have become destabilized because of Assad's actions.
Yet, within the European Union(EU), unlike France, some nations remain skeptical on whether or not to take a hard line on crimes against humanity and to reject Assad as having any legitimacy to negotiations on the fate of Syria. Any inclusion of Assad in talks would give legitimacy to his crimes. The international community must reject his inclusion into any credible talks and should instead seek the due process to bring Assad to trial for crimes against humanity.
So as EU foreign ministers meet today to discuss policy on Syria, Libya and other crises in North Africa and in the Middle East, they should adopt France's stance of not to legitimize Bashar al Assad. Moreover, EU nations should pay attention to the observation of its Policy Chief Federica Mogherini of Italy, who has described Russian action in Syria as "worrisome" and a "game changer". The EU should guard against being implicated as co-conspirators in crimes against humanity.