President Hollande had a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron this morning, the day after the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous condemnation of the Houla massacre committed by the Damascus regime.
The Houla massacre and the events of recent days in Syria and Lebanon demonstrate once again how dangerous the Bashar al-Assad regime’s actions are for the Syrian people.
In the face of such a situation and the Damascus regime’s intolerable contempt for the ceasefire, the two leaders agreed to act together to step up the international community’s pressure on Bashar al-Assad and put an end to the bloody crackdown on the Syrian people, who aspire to freedom and democracy. They reaffirmed their unfailing support for the mission of Mr Kofi Annan, the United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Envoy, and for the effective implementation of his peace plan for Syria. Mr Annan must have the necessary resources to complete the mission entrusted to him, under very difficult conditions, and the Damascus regime must finally cooperate with him fully.
The Damascus regime’s killing frenzy threatens regional security and those responsible will have to answer for their actions. It is in everyone’s interest for an orderly democratic transition to be implemented which addresses the Syrian people’s aspirations. The United Nations Security Council has to remain mobilized and support Mr Annan’s mission.
With this in mind, President Hollande and the British Prime Minister agreed to convene a meeting in Paris of the Friends of the Syrian People group. They also expressed the desire to work with Russia on resolving the Syria crisis. In Paris on 1 June, the Head of State will meet Mr Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, and talk to him about the situation in Syria./.