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Published on February 9, 2012
Telephone conversation between Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic, and Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia

Paris, February 8, 2012

President Sarkozy took the initiative this evening of telephoning Mr Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia, to talk about the situation in Syria.

Despite the deadlock at the Security Council, which he deeply regretted, the Head of State stressed the need to increase pressure on the Syrian regime to end the brutal crackdown on the Syrian people and enable them finally to achieve their aspirations for freedom and democracy.

In spite of our differences, he called for Russia wholeheartedly to support the Arab League’s plan, in order to persuade Bashar al-Assad to step aside, thus avoiding a civil war which would threaten the integrity of Syria and the stability of the whole region, and allow an orderly political transition to begin./.

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