Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, March 5, 2013)

Syria - Aleppo municipal and provincial council elections (March 2 to 3, 2013)
Bangladesh – Violence following the sentencing to death of Delwar Hossain Sayedee


Syria - Aleppo municipal and provincial council elections (March 2 to 3, 2013)

France welcomes the holding of the elections on March 2 in Turkey to select the 25 members of the Aleppo municipal council, and then on March 3 to appoint the 29 members of the provincial council of Aleppo and its region, whose purpose will be to manage administrative affairs for civilians.

These elections reflect the opposition’s commitment to moving toward democracy. They are an act of courage and civic engagement, in very challenging conditions in light of the continued shelling and fighting. We also welcome the visit, at the same time, of the president of the coalition to a liberated zone to the north-east of Aleppo.

We encourage the Syrians to continue these initiatives which provide the foundations for a democratic regime. France is, more than ever, committed alongside the Syrian people to ensuring that a free and democratic Syria becomes a reality.

 
Bangladesh – Violence following the sentencing to death of Delwar Hossain Sayedee

France notes with concern and dismay the violence that took place following the handing down of the sentence to Mr. Sayedee, a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

It urges the various parties to demonstrate calm and restraint, and to resort to peaceful means of expression in order to put an end to this violence, for which there can be no justification in a state governed by the rule of law.