Syria – Announcement of the holding of a peace conference (November 26, 2013)
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.
As we reaffirmed at the meeting in London on October 29, the Syrian National Coalition should be at the heart and lead of the opposition delegation. The conference’s credibility is at stake.
In order to be able to put an end to the conflict that has been ravaging Syria for more than 2 years and restore the country’s unity and stability, the conference must lead to a genuine political transition. In accordance with the Geneva communiqué of June 30, 2012, this will involve establishing, by mutual consent, a transitional government exercising full executive powers, with control over the military, security and intelligence forces. This transitional government must be the only source of legitimacy and legality in Syria. Once it has been established, Bashar al-Assad should no longer have any role to play.
All parties involved in the crisis must be able to participate in the conference, provided that they have already agreed to the objective of a political transition based on the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of June 30, 2012, and are willing to work in good
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