Q : How do you view the Syrian government delegation’s refusal to return to Geneva to continue the UN negotiating process? Does it reflect the impotence of that process, of the special envoy, and of the sponsors of the process?
A : France deplores the absence of the regime’s delegation in Geneva and its refusal to engage in good faith in negotiations to achieve a negotiated political solution in Syria based on the internationally agreed reference framework, the Geneva communiqué, and Security Council resolution 2254.
This refusal is the latest step in the Damascus regime’s strategy of obstructing the political process, and it bears responsibility for the lack of progress in the negotiations. We call on the regime’s backers, and first and foremost on Russia, to assume their responsibilities and ensure the regime finally shows up at the negotiating table in Geneva.
France stresses that conversely, the UN hailed the establishment of a single delegation by the Syrian opposition, as well as the constructive attitude it continues to show in Geneva.
We reiterate our full support for the mediation effort led by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.