Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, February 3, 2014)

Syria – Regime’s attack on the city of Aleppo (February 1 - 2, 2014)
Yemen – Explosions in Sana(February 2 - 3, 2014)



Syria – Regime’s attack on the city of Aleppo (February 1 - 2, 2014)

Following the first session of negotiations at the Geneva II conference, Bashar al-Assad’s regime launched an especially bloody attack on the city of Aleppo involving the use of barrels packed with explosives. 121 people are reported to have been killed during the attack, including 13 children.

France condemns these attacks against the civilian population, which constitute a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, and reaffirms that the perpetrators of these war crimes must be brought to justice.

By intensifying the brutal crackdown against the civilian populations, even though a diplomatic process has been launched in Geneva to implement a political transition, the regime is, once again, demonstrating the utmost cynicism. While the negotiations have started, swift progress must be made on the humanitarian front in order to ease the suffering of the Syrian people.

 

Yemen – Explosions in Sana(February 2 - 3, 2014)

France condemns the attacks that targeted, on the night of February 2 to 3, the area surrounding the Ministry of Defense and the diplomatic district of Sana.

It reiterates its attachment to the political transition process under way in Yemen. This transition has entered a critical phase since the very successful conclusion of the national dialogue conference.

In collaboration with its EU, G10 and UN partners, France is continuing to support this transition.