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Syria/refusal of the Syrian authorities to authorize Ms Valerie Amos to visit Syria

Published on March 2, 2012
Excerpts from the statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesman

Paris, March 1, 2012

The refusal by the Syrian authorities to allow Ms Valerie Amos to conduct a visit to Syria to assess the emergency measures required in order to provide humanitarian assistance to the population is extremely shocking. This decision is another clear sign that Damascus refuses to cooperate with the United Nations and to facilitate access to its territory.

France renews her appeal to the Syrian authorities to fully cooperate with the UN, and particularly with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, at a time when the situation on the ground is continuing to deteriorate and the crackdown against civilians is continuing to claim more lives every day, especially in the city of Homs, which has been relentlessly bombed for three weeks now.

We welcome the decision of the UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, Mr Kofi Annan, to visit Damascus in the near future. We support his determination to convey a clear message to the Syrian authorities. The violence must stop and the humanitarian players must finally be given access to the people at risk and to all areas under threat. A political solution to the ongoing crisis must be found quickly. The Damascus government will have to heed this message. All international players will have to facilitate Mr Annan’s efforts to carry out his mission, which is likely to prove difficult./.

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