Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

(Paris, May 10, 2007)

[Please note that only the original French text issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be considered official.]


Q - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that Syria rejects ‘any cooperation’ with the international tribunal to try the assassins of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri if it infringes on national sovereignty. Your reaction?

In the spirit of the resolutions adopted by the United Nations Security Council, in particular SCR 1644 and 1664, we expect all parties, including Syria, to cooperate so that the truth is esstablished and justice is done. France therefore expects Syria to cooperate in the implementation and satisfactory operation of the tribunal.


Q - What was the result of the meeting of the Six in Berlin this Thursday to prepare another meeting between Javier Solana and Ali Larijani? Has a date been set for the meeting? What approach was decided on for the new discussions?

The discussions are continuing in line with the conclusions that were made public after the meeting of political directors on May 2. Delegations confirmed their support for the approach that’s been defined. I’ve no information about a new meeting between Mr. Larijani and Mr. Solana./.

Embassy of France, May 10, 2007