21 November 2016 - In Syria, the situation is horrific, catastrophic
Syria / LGBTI - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 21 November 2016
In Syria and in Aleppo in particular the situation is horrific, catastrophic. The latest information we have show that hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been killed by the bombs of the Syrian regime overs the last week.
The strategy of the regime and its supporters, this total war strategy to take back Aleppo no matter the price is a humanitarian tragedy but also strategic mistake. It will only encourage more to join ISIS and fuel terrorism.
In other words, this strategy will not only perpetuate the horror we are seeing in Aleppo but also the terror that will follow. The horror and the terror, this is what we will get in Syria if the regime continues its barbaric action against its own population.
The solution to avoid such an outcome is well known. It is a political solution, that is the only one. It starts with the halt of the bombings in Aleppo, the cessation of hostilities and the resumption of humanitarian aid convoys.
Q: Anything about the importance of the vote in 3rd Committee this morning on sexual orientation resolution?
France supports the Rapporteur and we support 200% the LGBTI rights within the UN system. Plus, in terms of the method, we believe that it is very important to preserve the role of the Human Rights Council. For all these reasons we are 200% in favor of the text protecting the LGBTI rights within the United Nations. This is a just cause and France will always be at the forefront of this fight.
Q: On Aleppo, can the Council do at this this point, it seems to be pretty much at a dead end?
On Aleppo we have no other choice than to keep up the pressure on the regime and its allies. What we are seeing is unbearable in itself, but also unbearable because it will unleash radicalism and more terrorism. In other words, it is not horror or terror, it is horror plus terror that we will get if the tragedy in Aleppo continues.