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United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria

United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria

Published on February 1, 2012
Statement by the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Spokesman

Paris, February 1, 2012

M. Alain Juppé travelled to New York on Tuesday, 31 January for a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria.

The Ministre d’Etat undertook this initiative because the deteriorating situation has become extremely dangerous. The intensification of the crackdown and the legitimate anger of the civilian population mean that everything must be done to find a swift solution:

- The Damascus regime is turning a deaf ear to all appeals and has forged ahead with its criminal policy by intensifying the crackdown and perpetrating the worst possible atrocities, including against children;

- Alongside the people’s peaceful mobilization, which remains strong despite the violence of the crackdown, armed resistance is being organized, with the premise of possible civil war;

- The Arab League wants its plan to resolve the crisis to be endorsed by the Security Council; to this end, Morocco submitted a draft resolution on Friday, 27 January on behalf of the Arab League.

Given the urgency of the situation, France’s goal is to support the Arab League’s courageous initiative, to make those members of the Security Council still opposed to this action face up to their responsibilities, and to send a signal of hope to the Syrian people.

M. Alain Juppé argued in favour of a resolution that unambiguously expresses the Security Council’s support for the Arab League’s proposals: a peaceful political solution that satisfies the Syrian people’s legitimate demands for freedom and reform.

The negotiations will continue in New York today. They must be brought to a swift conclusion.

The Ministre d’Etat’s presence at the Security Council underlined France’s steadfast commitment over the past months to get the Security Council to end its outrageous silence and condemn Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

M. Alain Juppé was in New York yesterday to press his case and France will continue to be engaged in the name of freedom and against barbarity./.

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