Syria – Humanitarian assistance (February 18, 2016)

France takes note of the delivery of humanitarian supplies in five besieged areas in Syria. But this first step is still not enough.

Continuous unrestricted access to all those in need must be guaranteed in accordance with international humanitarian law and the repeated demands of the Security Council, including resolution 2254. More than 500,000 people are under siege, most by the Syrian regime, and 4.6 million are receiving only a very small amount of humanitarian assistance. We want to stress that the use of starvation as a weapon of war is a war crime.

France remains very concerned by the dangerous escalation of the conflict, particularly in Aleppo, and by the intolerable attacks on civilians, hospitals and schools. It solemnly calls on the regime and its allies, including Russia, to halt their attacks on civilians and implement the commitments made in Munich on February 11, to cease hostilities today, and to resume talks on the political transition under the auspices of Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

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