The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - December 6, 2016
In this issue:

◢  United Nations / Syria – Reminder of the statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (December 5, 2016)

◢  Spain – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart (Paris - December 7, 2016)

◢  NATO – Jean-Marc Ayrault attending foreign ministers meeting (Brussels - December 6, 2016)

◢  Syria

 
United Nations / Syria – Reminder of the statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (December 5, 2016)

The UN Security Council failed to adopt a draft resolution aimed at establishing a ceasefire and restoring immediate and unrestricted access to humanitarian assistance due to a new veto by Russia.

In the face of an exceptionally serious humanitarian situation in Syria, marked by the tragic situation in Aleppo, France supported this text without any hesitation.

I deplore the fact that, as a result of Russian obstruction, the UN Security Council is still not able to assume its responsibilities with respect to the civilian populations in Syria who are facing the destructive folly of Bashar al-Assad's regime, as well as the terrorist groups, starting with Daesh.

France has believed since the start of the Syrian crisis that the only way to put Syria back on the path toward peace and stability is through a political solution. On the contrary, military escalation results in deadlock which only serves to exacerbate the suffering of the people and fuel terrorism.

There is a pressing need to establish the conditions for the resumption of negotiations on a political transition.

As I have already indicated on several occasions, France will not give up. It remains fully committed, together with its partners to stopping the suffering in Aleppo. It is with this in mind that I will host a ministerial meeting of the like-minded countries on Saturday, December 10 in Paris.



Spain – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart (Paris - December 7, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive his Spanish counterpart, Alfonso Maria Dastis Quecedo, on December 7.

This is the first visit to Paris by the Spanish minister of foreign affairs and cooperation since he assumed office on November 4.

The ministers will discuss the initiatives underway to revitalize Europe based on the priorities identified in Bratislava, including European defense, employment, growth and young people, as well as the various components of our bilateral relations.

This meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss cooperation between France and Spain within the UN Security Council in preparation for Spain's presidency in December.



NATO – Jean-Marc Ayrault attending foreign ministers meeting (Brussels - December 6, 2016)

Today Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault is attending the meeting of NATO foreign ministers running from December 6 to 7 in Brussels.

This meeting will focus on how the Alliance is meeting challenges. The allies will also work on the implementation of the Warsaw declaration on cooperation between NATO and the EU. Such cooperation plays a major role in strengthening transatlantic ties, whose necessity will be underscored by the ministers.



Syria

Do you have any comment on yesterday's shelling of a hospital in western Aleppo?

France condemns the shelling of a hospital on December 5 that killed several civilians and two doctors.

These attacks are yet another serious violation of international humanitarian law. France calls on all the parties to respect their obligations to protect of medical personnel and facilities as reiterated in UN Security Resolution 2268.


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