Syria – Assessment of the Marrakesh conference (December 13, 2012)

France is pleased with the success of the Marrakesh conference. With 130 delegations and more than 50 ministers represented, the Friends of the Syrian People group demonstrated the scale of international mobilization to find a solution to the Syrian crisis, which must include a democratic transition following Bashar al-Assad’s departure.

France’s expectations with respect to this meeting were fully satisfied. The Friends of the Syrian People group widely recognized the Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. The coalition therefore enjoys the political support of more than 100 countries. Announcements were made regarding aid for the Syrian people, notably aid amounting to more than $110 million which will be delivered through the coalition.

For its part, the coalition reaffirmed its commitment to a democratic Syria that will respect every community.