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Ministerial meeting on Syria

Published on April 18, 2012
Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, April 18, 2012

The obstacles that Damascus is placing in the way of the deployment of the UN observer mission, and the Syrian regime’s continuation of the crackdown in violation of its commitments, call for a strong reaction from the international community.

That’s why I’ve invited several of my counterparts from the Friends of Syria Group to come to Paris to review the situation and to convey a message of firmness to Damascus as well as a message of support to Mr Kofi Annan.

Having reached an agreement/achieved a consensus yesterday here in Paris on how to enforce the sanctions, tomorrow we will demonstrate our determination not to allow a political process that is critical to the Syrian people to be derailed./.

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