Syria – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Staffan de Mistura (Quai d’Orsay, 30 May 2017)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria on May 30.

They will discuss the situation in Syria, the results of the most recent rounds of talks under UN auspices in Geneva and the next steps in the political negotiations.

As President Macron reaffirmed on May 30, France believes that a democratic transition is necessary in order to resolve the conflict. It supports Staffan de Mistura’s mediation efforts aimed at achieving this within the framework of UNSCR 2254. It reaffirms that the inter-Syrian discussions must resume as swiftly as possible and that the regime must engage in them in good faith.

For now, France calls on all parties to comply with the cessation of hostilities and to guarantee full, unconditional and unrestricted humanitarian access to all populations in need.

Excerpts from the daily press briefing (30 May 2017)

Q - Does Paris feel that the fate of President Assad should be determined by the Syrian people, as stated by Moscow? Do you approve of Assad standing in elections at the end of a transition process?

A - As we indicated, Jean-Yves Le Drian is meeting with Staffan de Mistura today to reaffirm France’s support for the negotiations being conducted by the UN in Geneva aimed at reaching a political solution within the framework of the Geneva Communiqué and UNSCR 2254.

France believes that a democratic transition is needed in order to resolve the Syrian crisis.

Q - A Syrian peace process is already underway in Geneva between the representatives of Bashar al-Assad’s government and the opposition groups under UN auspices and with regional and international observation. What is it about this process that makes it inadequate in France’s view?

A - We reaffirm France’s support for the efforts of Staffan de Mistura, who will be received today by the minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. A press statement will be made following this meeting.

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