United Nations - Syria - Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (December 5, 2016)

The UN Security Council failed to adopt a draft resolution aimed at establishing a ceasefire and restoring immediate and unrestricted access to humanitarian assistance due to a new veto by Russia.

In the face of an exceptionally serious humanitarian situation in Syria, marked by the tragic situation in Aleppo, France supported this text without any hesitation.

I deplore the fact that, as a result of Russian obstruction, the UN Security Council is still not able to assume its responsibilities with respect to the civilian populations in Syria who are facing the destructive folly of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as well as the terrorist groups, starting with Daesh.

France has believed since the start of the Syrian crisis that the only way to put Syria back on the path toward peace and stability is through a political solution. On the contrary, military escalation results in deadlock which only serves to exacerbate the suffering of the people and fuel terrorism.

There is a pressing need to establish the conditions for the resumption of negotiations on a political transition.

As I have already indicated on several occasions, France will not give up. It remains fully committed, together with its partners to stopping the suffering in Aleppo. It is with this in mind that I will host a ministerial meeting of the like-minded countries on Saturday, December 10 in Paris.

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