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Syria/adoption of United Nations General Assembly resolution

Published on February 21, 2012
Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, February 17, 2012

I welcome last night’s adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the resolution on Syria.

137 states – including all those which voted in favour of the Moroccan draft resolution at the Security Council on 4 February – gave their overwhelming and unequivocal support to the Syrian people, the Arab League and the only initiative enabling Syria to emerge peacefully from the crisis.

For 11 months, the Syrian people’s legitimate aspirations have been violently put down. Today the international community is demanding that the Damascus regime halt the massacres, respect its humanitarian obligations and implement the Arab League’s political transition plan.

For France, this is a new step towards ending the Syrian people’s suffering. Along with our partners, we shall do everything possible, in all forums, to ensure this resolution is fully implemented. The first meeting of the group of friends of the Syrian people, in Tunis, will be devoted to this.

Following the blocking of the Security Council by veto, everyone must take on board the consequences of this exemplary mobilization by the United Nations./.

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