10 February 2016 - Aleppo’s fate is critical for the future of Syria [fr]
Syria - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 10 February 2016
I am coming to these consultations of the Security Council with France’s three key messages:
Number one: France expects the regime and its allies to honor their humanitarian obligations and Security Council resolution 2254, namely by halting indiscriminate bombing, lifting sieges, and allowing full humanitarian access to the Syrian people. Let me be clear about it, it is not a favor that we are asking from the Syrian regime and its allies; it is their obligation, their absolute obligation according to international humanitarian law.
Number two: the tangible improvement of the humanitarian situation is the condition for a credible political negotiation. The regime and its allies cannot pretend they are extending a hand to the opposition, while with their other hand, they are trying to destroy them.
Number three: Aleppo. Aleppo’s fate is the tragic illustration of the Syrian chaos or black hole. Aleppo is Syria’s second largest city. It is also part of humanity’s heritage. And that is why what is at stake in Aleppo - the fate of Aleppo - is so critically important, in this city which is the martyred center of the resistance, for the future of Syria, for the region, but also for a certain vision of international relations. And that is why we must not give up.
Q: How important is the meeting tomorrow in Munich?
A: I think it is very important.