Syria – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (September 25, 2016)


At the request of France, the United States and the United Kingdom, the Security Council is holding an emergency meeting today. This meeting should open up prospects for ending the fighting that is raging in Aleppo and is once again testing the limits of the population of this martyred city.

Bashar al-Assad’s regime has clearly chosen military escalation while everyone knows that the only way to resolve the conflict in Syria is through political means.

I therefore call on its supporters – Russia and Iran – to regroup and demonstrate a sense of responsibility by putting an end to this strategy which is resulting in deadlock. Otherwise Russia and Iran will be accomplices to the war crimes committed in Aleppo.

It is up to the Security Council to press for an immediate cessation of hostilities, in Aleppo first of all, which will therefore allow access by the population to much-needed humanitarian assistance.

As I proposed this week in all of the meetings devoted to Syria on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, this truce must also be accompanied by a monitoring mechanism making it possible to build the necessary trust thanks to the mobilization of all member states of the International Syria Support Group that are ready to contribute to it.

Given the seriousness of the tragedy unfolding in Aleppo, there is no more time to waste in order to save the people who are suffering yet further hardships. This is a moment of truth for all Security Council members. My dearest hope is that everyone will live up to their responsibilities.