Syrian ambassador expelled (May 29, 2012)

In accordance with the provisions of Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961, the French authorities have declared Ms. Lamia Chakkour, in her capacity as Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as two other embassy officials, personae non gratae.

The official notification was issued today.

This decision was prompted by the heinous massacre perpetrated in Houla by Syrian forces and the escalation of the bloody crackdown imposed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime for more than 14 months, in violation of the ceasefire decided by the UN Security Council and in flagrant contradiction with the plan proposed by the United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Envoy, Mr. Kofi Annan.