The Ministre d’Etat convened a meeting today at the Quai d’Orsay with the main international organizations and French non-governmental organizations operating in Syria in the fields of humanitarian assistance and human rights, in the presence of the French Ambassador to Syria, M. Eric Chevallier.
M. Alain Juppé recalled that, over the past 10 months, France has constantly condemned the atrocities committed by the regime and he underlined the action undertaken at the UN with our European partners, in support of the Arab League, to put an end to them.
He mentioned the initiatives under way to resolve the crisis. These involve:
encouraging the Syrian opposition’s efforts on the path towards unity and a system in which all components of Syrian society are fully represented;
increasing pressure, through strengthened sanctions, on the Syrian regime so that it accepts the Arab League’s political solution;
continuing to support the commitment of the Arab League, whose action and firm conclusions adopted on 12 February should be commended;
actively participating in the Friends of Syria group, the first meeting of which will take place on 24 February in Tunis, in order to strengthen international consensus and to convince those countries that are still reticent;
taking action within the various UN organs;
and lastly, responding to the humanitarian emergency.
The representatives of the international organizations and the non-governmental organizations confirmed the terrible situation that is prevailing in Syria. They described the difficulties in gaining access, and the various efforts undertaken to help the Syrian people.
M. Alain Juppé paid tribute to their commitment and courage. He emphasized France’s mobilization in all the international forums in order to get the right of access to the people recognized. He announced his decision, at national level, to create an emergency relief fund for Syria, with an initial sum of €1 million, intended to fund the efforts of all the organizations and associations wishing to help the Syrian people. France will propose to those attending the meeting in Tunis that a similar type of fund at international level be established./.