Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Global Competitiveness report releases 2018 Africa performance

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Brexit: 'The end isn't nigh'

Read more

THE DEBATE

Where do you draw the line? Brexit deadline summit stumbles over Irish border

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Uighurs and Kazakhs held in re-education camps in China

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Salim Saab: Showcasing the women of the Arab art world

Read more

FOCUS

Irish border remains stumbling block in Brexit talks

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: Capernaum - powerful social drama or poverty porn?

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Nature under threat: Arresting pictures from Wildlife Photography Awards

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Protecting heritage land against mining companies

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Every morning, FRANCE 24 speaks to a key business, social or cultural player, or a leading voice in the field of humanitarian action, sport or science. From Monday to Friday at 8.40 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2018-09-26

Ending the war in Syria: 'We do not want the Gaddafi scenario'

Dr Bassma Kodmani, co-founder of think tank the Arab Reform Initiative, is part of the delegation of the democratic opposition in the Geneva peace talks on Syria. She says that for Syrians like herself the solution to the war is simple. "It requires a full political transition. A security plan. A plan for the rule of law." Kodmani says what is then needed is a new constitution, as well as free and fair elections monitored by the UN.

"Assad will have to go at some point in an orderly manner. No one is saying go and kill him in his palace. We do not want the Gaddafi scenario", Syrian academic and opposition figure Dr Bassma Kodmani told FRANCE 24, referring to the lynching of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Kodmani says the battle for Idlib province, the last large rebel stronghold, could be "not just the last but the worst or most difficult" chapter of the conflict to date, adding that it needs to be linked to a political solution. "We will be paying a price for years if Idlib is to have a military solution. There is no military solution that the world can handle," she explained.

By Eve IRVINE

Archives

2018-10-17 Perspective

Protecting heritage land against mining companies

"The land is our identity, our heritage. The land is everything". That's the view of campaigner Nonhle Mbuthuma, who says she faces a life of constant intimidation and thanks God...

Read more

2018-10-16 Perspective

The dictator hunter: Reed Brody on bringing despots to justice

"It was a moment of effervescence in the human rights community". That's the view of Reed Brody, one of the lawyers involved when the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was...

Read more

2018-10-15 Perspective

Walking tours of Paris: From Roman history to French chocolate

"Our customers are people who love Paris, they want to listen and they want to learn". That's the view of Peter Caine, the owner and founder of Paris Walks. It's a company which...

Read more

2018-10-12 Perspective

Film director Jean-Pierre Bekolo weighs in on Cameroon's election

In today's Perspective we speak to award-winning film director Jean-Pierre Bekolo. The Cameroonian artist fears that if incumbent Paul Biya wins the presidential election there...

Read more

2018-10-11 Perspective

Making it up as you go: How improv comedy is growing in popularity

In today's Perspective we speak to comedian and director Halyn Parizot of the improv comedy show Paris Secrets. She talks to us about the burgeoning scene in the French capital,...

Read more