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Syria - UN – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, chairman of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria (Paris, November 3, 2016)

This morning Jean-Marc Ayrault met with Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, chairman of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria.

He applauded the investigative work that this commission has conducted with rigor and precision for the past five years, despite the lack of authorized access to Syrian territory.

It plays a crucial role in documenting crimes, identifying those responsible, and laying the groundwork for justice.

The minister welcomed the expansion of his mandate to the events in Aleppo, which will help shed light on the atrocities committed and identify the perpetrators of war crimes.

Mr. Ayrault assured Mr. Pinheiro of France’s support and cooperation. He expressed our hope that this work would eventually lead to cases being brought before the international court. There will be no lasting peace in Syria as long as the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity remain unpunished.

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