France calls for deployment of UN observers in Aleppo
Syria - Remarks to the press by Mr François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 15 December 2016
France has called for an emergency meeting and briefing of the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Aleppo, to have a clear and updated vision of the situation there. Number one.
Number two, France and Germany in particular, together with the other Europeans, are working closely together on some proposals in this respect - with respect to the evacuation of civilians and to the humanitarian access to Aleppo in particular.
And number three, we consider more than ever that in these dark days for Aleppo it is critically important to have international observers under the leadership of the UN to oversee the situation. This is critically important in order precisely to have not only the right reports and the right information, but in order to make sure that things happen the way we want them to proceed.
Q: Can you tell us more about this proposal you’re working on with Germany?
Actually France and Germany are working closely together, and also with our European partners, on the conditions of safe evacuation and humanitarian access.
Q: Conditions for?
Conditions for the civilians to be able to leave safely from Aleppo.
Q: Will it be a UN action or an EU action?
Both. Potentially EU action in support to UN surveillance that we consider absolutely vital actually.
Q: When ?
The briefing will be most likely tomorrow. The sooner the better. But again it’s vital for us, and for the Security Council to have a clear view of what is happening in Aleppo. Even more so because we have conflicting reports.
Q: What about the evacuation of the fighters in Easter Aleppo?
That’s also a concern of course. That’s part of the equation. Thank you.