The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - November 7, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Syria – Situation in Idlib (November 7, 2019)

◢  South Sudan (November 7, 2019)

Syria – Situation in Idlib (November 7, 2019)

France utterly condemns the bombing in Idlib Province over the last few days, which has led to further civilian casualties and affected several humanitarian facilities.

This violence constitutes a serious violation of international humanitarian law and undermines the efforts to provide much-needed humanitarian assistance to the civilian population.

France fully supports the investigation mechanisms implemented by the UN aimed at shedding light on violations of international humanitarian law in Syria.

France calls on the regime and its supporters to immediately cease hostilities in Idlib Province.

While the Constitutional Committee has just started its work, France calls on the Astana guarantors to uphold their commitments in order to facilitate the launch of a genuine political process in Syria.

South Sudan (November 7, 2019)

France welcomes the efforts to ensure the formation of a transitional government of national unity in South Sudan by November 12, in accordance with the provisions of the revitalized peace agreement of September 12, 2018.

We call on the parties to uphold their commitments, and hope that the tripartite summit in Kampala, attended by the Sudanese and Ugandan leaders, will make it possible to achieve the goal of forming this government and to find realistic ways to implement, without delay, the outstanding pre-transitional provisions.

Peace in South Sudan can only be achieved if the leaders of South Sudan themselves commit to a process of reconciliation and uphold their commitments.

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