Official speeches and statements - January 13, 2016
2. Syria - Meeting between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, and the Syrian opposition’s High Committee coordinator (Paris, 11/01/2016)
The President denounces the heinous terrorist attack perpetrated today in the tourist area of Sultanahmet, in Istanbul, which killed at least 10 people and injured many others.
He expresses his compassion and solidarity towards Turkey and those countries whose nationals are among the victims, particularly Germany, which has been hit very hard. This vile act of violence must more than ever strengthen our common determination to fight terrorism.
The President had a meeting this afternoon with Mr Riad Hijab, the Syrian opposition’s High Committee coordinator.
The President stressed the need to implement without delay Security Council Resolution 2254, adopted in December 2015, which calls for the establishment of a political transition in Syria, based on the Geneva Communiqué. He reiterated that Bashar al-Assad could on no account play a part in the Syria of tomorrow.
The President reiterated France’s full support for the Riyadh opposition platform and welcomed the fact that the Syrian opposition is fully prepared to resume negotiations with the Syrian regime, keeping to a precise agenda.
He called for immediate humanitarian measures to be implemented first and foremost in the areas under siege, particularly Madaya, and in order to build the conditions for a credible ceasefire.
He emphasized that the yardstick for measuring the regime’s willingness to negotiate would be the ending of its indiscriminate bombing and its policy of making whole towns starve, in blatant violation of international law.