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 Syria - Suspension of Geneva negotiations

Syria - Suspension of Geneva negotiations

Published on August 1, 2016
Statement by Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (August 1, 2016)

While the international community pledged to bring about a transition in Syria by August 1, France notes with the utmost concern that this pledge was not followed by effective action.

The Geneva negotiations were suspended due to the regime’s intransigence, despite the opposition’s constructive proposals.

On the ground, the truce and international humanitarian law are routinely flouted. The regime and its supporters are besieging Aleppo, stepping up attacks on civilians and hospitals, and forcing residents to leave the city.

In this tragic situation, the minister of foreign affairs and international development shared his concern with the co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group in a letter to Mr. Kerry and Sergey Lavrov. In it, France solemnly calls for:

  • urgently reestablishing the truce and guaranteeing humanitarian access nationwide, with priority given to besieged areas, to ease the Syrians’ suffering and facilitate the resumption of inter-Syrian negotiations
  • stepping up actions against groups on the UN terrorist list. This must not, however, be used as a pretext for striking civilians and eliminating all opposition to the regime
  • the members of the International Syria Support Group to use all their influence to support the transition, in line with their commitments. Only a credible political transition can end the crisis and decisively combat terrorism.

France reiterates its full support for UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, and will continue to do its part to support the efforts of the International Syria Support Group.

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