Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, March 19, 2014)

 

Argentina – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Argentinian counterpart (Paris, March 19, 2014)
Syria – Humanitarian situation in Yarmouk


Argentina – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Argentinian counterpart (Paris, March 19, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will today receive Mr. Héctor Timerman, Argentinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship.

This meeting took place within the framework of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s official visit to France from March 17 to 20, 2014.

The two ministers will exchange views on the key international issues on which we are currently cooperating within the UN Security Council. They will also discuss the strengthening of our cooperation in multilateral forums in support of human rights. Lastly, they will discuss Argentina’s recent overtures to international financial institutions and the strengthening of our bilateral ties, particularly in the economic and scientific fields.

 

Syria – Humanitarian situation in Yarmouk

More than two weeks after the last delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, under siege by the Syrian army, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has finally been able to deliver food and vaccines.

These deliveries are not enough. The humanitarian organizations must have free and unrestricted access to all populations in need, as required by UNSCR 2139, adopted unanimously on February 22.

The regime continues to inflict suffering on the Syrian people by using starvation as a method of warfare. More than 230,000 people are under siege. 3 million are in areas that are difficult to access. Almost 10 million Syrians, i.e. half the population, require emergency assistance.

The Security Council will meet at the end of March in order to hear the UN Secretary-General’s report, and, in the case of non-compliance with resolution 2139, draw the consequences. France will fully assume its responsibilities.