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  • Syria – Adoption of a resolution on human rights at the UN General Assembly (18.11.14)

    This text reflects the international community’s concern at the scale and seriousness of the crimes committed in Syria, for which the Syrian regime is primarily responsible, and also denounces the atrocities committed by Daesh, which compound the suffering being endured by the Syrian people. It reaffirms that the perpetrators of these crimes, some of which constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, must be brought to justice.

  • After Kobane, saving Aleppo - Column by Laurent Fabius (04.11.14)

    France cannot resign itself to the break-up of Syria or to the abandonment of 300,000 Aleppans to a horrible fate. That is why—together with our coalition partners—France wants to focus its efforts on Aleppo. With two clear objectives: strengthening our support for the moderate Syrian opposition, and protecting the civilian population from the twin crimes of the regime and Daesh. After Kobane, we must save Aleppo.

  • Situation in Iraq (11.06.14)

    France is deeply concerned following the takeover by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant of significant parts of the Iraqi territory. It expresses its solidarity with the Iraqi people and reaffirms its support for the authorities in their fight against terrorism. Every effort must be made to guarantee the safety of the civilian populations and all communities, notably the Christian minorities.

  • Syria – United Nations (22.05.14)

    Although the resolution presented by France referring the situation to the ICC was co-sponsored by 65 states, publicly supported by 100 NGOs and approved by 13 UN Security Council member states, it was vetoed by Russia and China. These vetoes further demonstrate the importance - as France has proposed - of guidelines governing the use of vetoes in the case of mass atrocities.

  • Syria – Fight against impunity (22.05.14)

    War crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed in Syria. The perpetrators of these crimes must not go unpunished. That’s why France will today submit for a vote at the UN Security Council a resolution referring the situation to the International Criminal Court.

  • Syria – Air raid on Aleppo (30.04.14)

    France condemns the air raid carried out by the Syrian regime on April 30, which killed at least 18 people, the majority of whom were students from a school in the Ansari quarter of Aleppo.

  • Syria – Bombing of Homs (16.04.14)

    France condemns the intensified bombing of the city of Homs, which has been besieged for several months and where the situation is tragic.

    We are concerned about the fate of civilians held hostage by the fighting and call for an immediate truce in order to allow them to be evacuated.

  • Security Council Meeting on the “Caesar” report concerning mass torture perpetrated by the Syrian regime (15.04.14)

    This report contains 55,000 photos relating to 11,000 detainees who were tortured and killed between 2011 and 2013 in several detention centers belonging to the Syrian regime. It constitutes a set of documents which confirm, on an unprecedented scale and in a systematic and structured way, the practice of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It comes on top of multiple reports by the International Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Syria established by the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Syria – Murder of Father Frans van der Lugt (07.04.14)

    France pays tribute to Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt, a man of peace and courage, who was murdered in a cowardly attack in Homs on April 7. We strongly condemn this heinous act. We also condemn the regime’s continued siege of the city as well as the continued bombing which again led to the death of 13 people yesterday.

  • Arbitrary detentions in Syria (21.03.14)

    An event took place at the UN General Assembly in New York devoted to arbitrary detentions in Syria and to the atrocities committed in the regime’s prisons and detention centers.

  • Syria – Humanitarian situation in Yarmouk (19.03.14)

    The regime continues to inflict suffering on the Syrian people by using starvation as a method of warfare. More than 230,000 people are under siege. 3 million are in areas that are difficult to access. Almost 10 million Syrians, i.e. half the population, require emergency assistance.

  • Syria – Statement by Laurent Fabius (15.03.14)

    The Syrian regime is wholly responsible for a tragedy which, with nearly 150,000 deaths and millions of refugees, is the worst human disaster of the 21st century. My feelings of solidarity go to the thousands of men, women and children, missing in the regime’s jails and tortured, starved to death in towns subject to barbaric bombardment. The Security Council has demanded that they be given unconditional, immediate humanitarian assistance.

  • Syria – Report by the UN Commission of Inquiry (05.03.14)

    This report, which is based on more than 550 testimonies, notably denounces the regime’s strategy of besieging towns and use of starvation as a method of warfare, as well as the prolonged aerial bombing campaigns – that are both disproportionate and indiscriminate – against populated areas. Following resolution 2139 which condemns these practices, this report sets out the despicable methods used by the regime that are contrary to international humanitarian law and human rights and which France has always denounced.

  • Syria – Bombing in Aleppo (14.02.14)

    The continued and intensified bombing carried out by the regime over the last few weeks in many cities in the country, particularly in Aleppo, have left several thousand civilians dead. These attacks represent real acts of terror and constitute war crimes.

  • Draft resolution on the humanitarian situation in Syria (10.02.14)

    As Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, indicated this morning, "we are calling for much stronger humanitarian action and demand that access be granted to the cities in order to allow delivery of food and medicines. It’s absolutely outrageous that we’ve already been discussing this for some time and that we’re continuing to starve people every day."

  • Syria – Regime’s attack on the city of Aleppo (01-02-02-14)

    Following the first session of negotiations at the Geneva II conference, Bashar al-Assad’s regime launched an especially bloody attack on the city of Aleppo involving the use of barrels packed with explosives. 121 people are reported to have been killed during the attack, including 13 children.

  • Syria – Geneva II conference (Montreux , 22.01.14)

    France, an independent nation, a permanent member of the Security Council, a traditional friend of the Syrian, Jordanian and Lebanese peoples and all the peoples of the region, is here to try and further the cause of peace. We have no hidden agenda. We have no interest to defend other than that of reconciliation, of a Syria finally united, democratic, respectful of individuals and of the various communities, of an independent Syria, without foreign fighters on its soil and not led by a mass murderer.

  • Syria – Chemical weapons (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing -16.01.14)

    France supports the efforts to ensure the complete and verifiable dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapon arsenal. It has made its best experts available to the International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and has mobilized its efforts to ensure that the EU is able to contribute to the destruction process.

  • Polio vaccination campaign in Syria (07.01.14)

    A polio (poliomyelitis) vaccination campaign began on 2 January 2014 in the seven northern and eastern Governorates of Syria (Al-Hasakah, Deir ez-Zor, Ar-Raqqah, Aleppo, Idlib, Lattakia and Hama)

  • Syria – Bombing of Aleppo (20.12.13)

    France condemns the bombing of Aleppo by Bashar al-Assad’s air forces, including the dropping of barrels of explosives. These attacks against the civilian populations which have killed more than a hundred people, including women and children, are unacceptable. In accordance with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, they constitute war crimes. The Syrian regime must put an end to them.

  • Distribution by the French Embassy of school equipment to Syrian refugee children in Alexandria (19.12.13)

    The aid to Alexandria’s Syrian refugees is part of humanitarian efforts conducted by France in response to the Syria crisis. French humanitarian aid is being supplied directly or via NGOs in Syria and the countries of the region taking in Syrian refugees. Taking into account contributions from France to the regional and international organizations involved in the international humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, the amount of French humanitarian aid to the Syrian people is close to €100 million.

  • Syria – Situation in Maaloula (03.12.13)

    We are extremely concerned by reports that 12 Syrian and Lebanese Orthodox nuns have been kidnapped from or forced out of the convent in Maaloula. If this proves to be the case, we demand their immediate release. We condemn all forms of violence against the civilian populations and all arbitrary detentions of civilians.

  • Syria – Peace conference (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 28.11.13)

    We welcome what Ahmad Jarba, President of the Syrian National Coalition, said yesterday, announcing the Coalition’s participation in Geneva II. At the meeting organized by France at the United Nations on 26 September 2013, the Coalition voiced, through its president, its desire to work for a political transition in accordance with the Geneva I communiqué.

  • Syria – Announcement of the holding of a peace conference (26.11.13)

    France welcomes the announcement by the UN Secretary-General of the holding of a peace conference on Syria in Geneva on January 22. This is an important step toward finding a political solution to the crisis. In order to participate in the conference, each of the parties – the regime and the opposition – must now form a single delegation.

  • Friends of Syria Core Group of countries - London 11 Final Communiqué (22.10.13)

    The Friends of Syria Core Group of countries – the ‘London 11’ – unanimously welcome the agreement by the UN Security Council on 27 September on the urgent need for political transition and its endorsement of the Geneva communiqué, the objective of which is the formation by mutual consent of a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) with full executive powers, including over security, military and intelligence structures.

  • Syria – Humanitarian access to Muadhamiya (22.10.13)

    France continues, in all international forums, including at the Security Council, to demand that immediate, free and unrestricted access be granted to all populations in need, and that all parties comply with the rules of international humanitarian law.

  • Syria - Draft resolution (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 12.09.13)

    Like our American and British partners, we are in contact with our Chinese and Russian interlocutors. We would like the negotiations to swiftly move forward and to achieve the broadest possible agreement. Although we are ready to negotiate we are not however ready to yield on our main principles and objectives which we share with a large part of the international community.

  • Syria/chemical weapons – Statement by Laurent Fabius (09.09.13)

    "The proposal made by the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, warrants careful examination. He now recognizes – as a result of the significant pressure that we’ve exerted – that there’s a serious problem with the huge stockpile of chemical weapons held by Bashar al-Assad."

  • Situation in Syria (16.09.13)

    "We call for a strong international response to this grave violation of the world’s rules and conscience that will send a clear message that this kind of atrocity can never be repeated. Those who perpetrated these crimes must be held accountable."

  • Syria - Calling for a strong international response (07.09.13)

    "We condemn in the strongest terms the horrific chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21st that claimed the lives of so many men, women, and children. The evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attack, which is part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime."

  • Syria – Laurent Fabius’s continued exchanges (03.09.13)

    Since the chemical massacre on August 21, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has been in continuous contact with our main European and international partners, the UN Secretary-General and the Secretary-General of the Arab League.

  • Situation in Syria (28.08.13)

    France condemns the deadly attacks attributed to the Syrian regime on Wednesday, August 21, in the Damascus area, with a provisional toll that may exceed one hundred.

  • Syria (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 23.07.13)

    We and our partners decided at the June 22nd meeting in Doha to provide collective, coordinated and complementary aid. France is helping the Syrian National Coalition but is not providing lethal weapons, believing that the guarantees are not sufficient. We are supplying non-lethal materiel to bolster the armed opposition’s capabilities, such as secure means of observation and communication. We are also providing technical assistance to optimize the means the opposition already has.

  • Independent Syrian radio goes on air from Paris (26.06.13)

    A new radio station run by Syrian journalists, broadcasting online at www.rozana.fm will channel content from professional local journalists located across the country in every governorate, with the aim of providing Syrians inside and outside the country with independent and reliable information in the ongoing conflict.

  • Meeting between Laurent Fabius and the head of the free civil council of Aleppo provincial council (25.06.13)

    For many months now, France has been lending direct support to the governance structures of the liberated zones in order to respond to the humanitarian needs of the civilian populations. Accordingly, last week it delivered more than 16 tons of medicine, part of which is meant for Aleppo and its region. France would like to help build a free, democratic and pluralistic Syria that respects human rights and the fundamental principles of the Syrian National Coalition.

  • Syria (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 14.06.13)

    "Not only are we sure that chemical weapons have been used –specifically, sarin nerve gas, used by the Syrian regime against the opposition – we were the first nation to announce it publicly last week, via the foreign minister.

    We also noted that all of our information was made available to our closest partners and to the UN commission led by Mr. Sellström, established by the UN secretary-general in conjunction with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW]. "

  • Syria - Qusayr (06.06.13)

    France utterly condemns the abuses committed by the regime, with Hezbollah’s support, during the attack against the city of Qusayr. Atrocities were committed. The perpetrators must be held accountable before the International Criminal Court.

  • Syria/chemical weapons – Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs (04.06.13)

    These analyses demonstrate the presence of sarin gas in the samples in our possession. In view of this evidence, France is now certain that sarin gas has been used in Syria several times and in a localized manner. We decided to inform the relevant UN mission of the evidence in our possession, immediately and publicly. It would be intolerable for those guilty of these crimes to enjoy impunity.

  • Syria (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 27.05.13)

    The meetings of the Syrian National Coalition are continuing in Istanbul. They need to examine the internal restructuring of the Coalition, elect its leaders, raise the issue of the provisional government and declare whether they will participate in a Geneva II conference.

  • Conference of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People (22.05.13)

    Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in the meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People in Amman. The aim of this meeting was to prepare for the next conference in Geneva which should bring together the Syrian opposition and representatives of the regime in order to form by mutual consent a transitional government with full executive powers.

  • Syria – Massacres in Jdeidet al-Fadel (23.04.13)

    France utterly condemns the massacre of civilians in the neighborhood of Jdeidet al-Fadel on the outskirts of Damascus. This heinous act again demonstrates the brutality of Bashar al-Assad’s regime which doesn’t hesitate to massacre civilians in order to remain in power.

  • Increase in tensions at the border between Syria and Lebanon (22.04.13)

    France is deeply concerned at the increase in tensions at the border between Syria and Lebanon. During the weekend, the fighting that took place in Syria around Qusayr was accompanied by further rocket attacks against the Hermel region in Lebanon. These rocket attacks compromise Lebanon’s integrity and sovereignty and threaten the security of the Lebanese people.

  • Syria – Attack at a mosque (21.03.13)

    France strongly condemns the terrorist attack perpetrated on Thursday at the Eman mosque in Damascus which resulted in numerous casualties, including Sheik Mohammad Said Ramada al-Bouti. It reaffirms its condemnation of all violence against civilians and its commitment to fighting terrorism.

  • Syria – Election of Ghassan Hitto (19.03.13)

    While the situation continues to deteriorate in Syria, resulting in more and more casualties among the population, France would like this election to enhance the Coalition’s capacity to help the Syrian people, to prepare for political change, and to work toward building a free and democratic Syria.

  • Syria: arms (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 14.03.13)

    “Our position, which is also shared by the British, involves asking the Europeans to lift the embargo so that the resistance fighters can defend themselves. From the outset, France has led the way in supporting the Syrian resistance. We’re doing so at the humanitarian level. We’re doing so on a political level by supporting the opposition but the toll is absolutely appalling. "

  • Syria - Aleppo municipal and provincial council elections (02-03.03.13)

    France welcomes the holding of the elections on March 2 in Turkey to select the 25 members of the Aleppo municipal council, and then on March 3 to appoint the 29 members of the provincial council of Aleppo and its region, whose purpose will be to manage administrative affairs for civilians.

  • Syria – Meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group (Rome, 28.02.13)

    This meeting came at a time when the crackdown against the Syrian people is intensifying and the volume of displaced persons and refugees is constantly increasing. It provided an opportunity for a growing proportion of the international community to reaffirm its support for the coalition through concrete measures.

  • Syria – Attack (21.02.13)

    France utterly condemns the series of attacks in Damascus which killed at least 83 people and injured hundreds more on February 21. We express our solidarity with the Syrian people. We noted that the Syrian National Coalition immediately condemned these attacks, which amount to war crimes.

  • Syria – Massacre in Aleppo (30.01.13)

    France expresses its dismay following the discovery of around a hundred bodies of young men murdered in Aleppo. We utterly condemn this heinous act which reflects the escalation of violence in Syria and constitutes a war crime.

  • Meeting in support of the Syrian coalition (22.01.13)

    France hosted on January 28, a working meeting in support of the Syrian National Coalition. This meeting, which was opened by the minister of foreign affairs, took place in the presence of the coalition leaders. Around 50 countries, regional and international organizations participated in this exercise at the senior official level.

  • Syria – Massacre in Homs (16.01.13)

    France utterly condemns the latest massacre perpetrated yesterday by the Syrian army in Homs which has resulted in the death of more than 100 civilians, including women and children.

  • Syria – Attack on Aleppo University (15.01.13)

    France utterly condemns the attack perpetrated yesterday against Aleppo University, which killed more than 82 people and injured more than 150, the vast majority of them students. The perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to justice. We note that the Syrian National Coalition, the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people, strongly condemned this attack.

  • Syria - International Criminal Court (14.01.13)

    At Switzerland’s initiative, a letter was today addressed to the UN Security Council asking it to refer the issue relating to the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

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