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Syria – Killing of students from Aleppo University (May 3, 2012)

France strongly condemns the killing of 4 students yesterday in Aleppo and all forms of violence perpetrated by the Syrian security forces against students in this city, as well as the many related arrests.

We note once again that Damascus is failing to comply with its commitments and is continuing the crackdown. France again calls for the immediate and full implementation of the provisions set forth in the 6-point plan proposed by the Joint UN and Arab League Special Envoy.

The Syrian regime’s full cooperation with Mr. Annan, as well as with the UN observer mission currently being deployed, constitutes an international obligation under UN Security Council resolutions 2042 and 2043.

Yesterday, during a telephone conversation, the Ministre d’Etat reaffirmed to Mr. Annan France’s full support for his efforts and the urgent need for the full deployment of the observers; nothing must interfere with their freedom of action.

If Damascus continues to flout its commitments, the international community, including the Security Council, will have to draw the consequences.


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