Syria/United Nations Security Council statement
France welcomes the Security Council’s unanimous support for the mission of the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and Arab League.
The Syrian authorities must finally respond to the international community’s demands and cooperate with Mr Kofi Annan. In particular, they must immediately and completely halt the violence and the crackdown, allow humanitarian assistance to reach all of the people in need, and engage in an inclusive dialogue with a view to a lasting political solution.
It is essential for the legitimate aspirations that have been expressed for more than a year to be addressed and a transition implemented in order to establish a free and democratic Syria that respects the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all its citizens and guarantees the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
Through this statement, the UN Security Council is starting to assume its responsibilities after months of being blocked.
France, who is firmly committed alongside the Arab League and the Special Envoy, is determined to continue doing everything possible to bring an end to the Syrian tragedy./.