Syria - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (22.01.18)

Q : How is France’s strategy of creating a “stabilized, neutral environment” in Syria different from what is being advocated in UN resolutions?

A : The establishment of a neutral environment in Syria is a goal that is central to the Geneva Communiqué and to UN Security Council resolution 2254.

A stabilized, neutral environment is the end result of the concrete measures and constraints that will be imposed on all actors, and especially on the Damascus regime, in order to bring about true constitutional reform and the holding of free elections, to ensure that a negotiated political settlement does indeed correspond to the aspirations of all components of Syrian society.

As Jean-Yves Le Drian told Le Figaro today, that means “lifting sieges, ending hostilities, exchanging prisoners, and chemical disarmament. All under international supervision.”