Syria – Paris Conference (July 6, 2012)
Given the troubling deterioration of the situation in Syria, and as President Hollande announced, France has decided to hold in Paris on July 6 the third ministerial meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group, following those held in Tunis and Istanbul.
This meeting, which Mr. Laurent Fabius presented yesterday in Istanbul, was welcomed and called for by his counterparts present at the emergency meeting organized by Turkey, in which the foreign minister participated together with U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, the Qatari prime minister and the Turkish, British, German, Italian, Moroccan, Tunisian, United Arab Emirate, Jordanian and Saudi Arabian foreign ministers, as well as the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, and the Spanish and Kuwaiti representatives.
The meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group will mobilize all States and organizations willing to lend their support to the Syrian people while the humanitarian and security situations are deteriorating and the crackdown is continuing.
This meeting, in which the Syrian opposition will have a place, falls within the framework of the efforts by the international community to effectively implement the 6-point plan of the Joint Special Envoy, Kofi Annan, aimed at ensuring a democratic transition that will respond to the aspirations of the Syrian people.