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Published on January 30, 2012
Syria/visit to the United Nations Security Council by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs – Statement by the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Spokesman

Paris, January 30, 2012

The Ministre d’Etat will travel to New York tomorrow, Tuesday, 31 January in order to persuade the Security Council to fully assume its responsibilities in the face of the worsening crimes against humanity committed by the Syrian regime. This meeting was called for by the Arab League, whose efforts we commend and support. Several Arab ministers and several ministers from Security Council member countries are expected to participate in the meeting.

Indeed, the situation in Syria remains critical and is continuously deteriorating. Dozens of Syrian civilians have been killed in recent days as result of the Syrian regime’s savage crackdown, notably during massive military operations against several towns, particularly in the greater Damascus area. We were particularly shocked by reports that 14 members of a family from Homs, including eight children, have been killed. Everything must be done to bring an end to the spiral of violence resulting today from the bloody crackdown that Bashar al-Assad’s regime has been imposing for more than 10 months.

It is time for the Security Council to take action to help resolve this crisis. France supports the Arab League’s efforts. The goal of tomorrow’s ministerial meeting is to ensure that the Security Council has an opportunity to listen to the report by the Arab League, which has been involved on the ground since the end of December, and that it is able to support its efforts and recommendations.

A draft resolution to that effect was presented to the Security Council on Friday by Morocco, on behalf of the Arab League. This text must now be adopted. Tomorrow’s ministerial meeting should contribute to achieving that./.

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