United Nations – Syria - Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (December 9, 2016)

I welcome the adoption by the UN General Assembly by a large majority of a resolution denouncing the dire humanitarian crisis in Aleppo.

In addition, this important text reaffirms the primacy of a political solution over a military approach in the Syrian crisis, which has gone on for almost six years now.

I warmly congratulate Canada on proposing this initiative, which offers the international community an opportunity to send a strong message at a critical time in the Syrian conflict. France actively supported this initiative by taking several measures.

It is never too late to save lives and help the populations who are suffering. It is up to the regime and its supporters, especially Russia, to respond without delay to the demands put forward by the General Assembly today.

France is not giving up. Together with its partners from the like-minded countries, it is hosting a ministerial meeting tomorrow in Paris in order to continue the joint efforts to put an end to the terrible ordeal being endured by the Syrian people.