Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, spoke on the telephone on April 25 with Riad Hijab, General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee representing the Syrian opposition.
Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed his deep concern at the breaches of the cessation of hostilities, especially in the Aleppo region, which has resulted in dozens of deaths over the last few days and has led to a new wave of displaced persons.
Jean-Marc Ayrault believes, like his interlocutor, that the breakdown of the truce poses a threat to the political process, which is the only way to resolve the crisis. The Damascus regime bears a high degree of responsibility for this. The minister and his interlocutor underscored the need for the regime’s supporters to exert the necessary pressure to ensure that it complies with the truce and engages in good faith in the negotiations.
Jean-Marc Ayrault noted the constructive role of the opposition in Geneva over the last few weeks, which has resulted in concrete proposals regarding the transition. The minister again reaffirmed his support for UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura.
Jean-Marc Ayrault and Riad Hijab underscored the need for the international community to take the initiative once again to relaunch the political process. This will be discussed with our partners in the next few days.