Syria/Iraq/Myanmar: what is at stake
Stake in - Remarks to the press by M. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 26 October 2017.
Syria: "Any initiative outside the Geneva process is doomed to fail. Any political initiative must be compatible with - and part of - this Geneva process, in order to succeed.", François Delattre, 26 October 2017.
One word first on Syria in my national capacity.
The victory of the coalition against Daesh in Raqqa is a turning point. Now what is at stake is to win the peace in Syria and we all know it is a difficult part also. For that we need to realize that the real alternative is either more and more fragmentation of Syria, leading to ethnic cleansing and the return of terrorism, on one side, or boosting the political process in order to get an agreement on the other side. This is of course the second option that we want to promote. And in our view, let me be very clear about it, there is no credible and lasting political solution in Syria outside resolution 2254 and the Geneva process. Any initiative outside the Geneva process is doomed to fail. Any political initiative must be compatible with - and part of - this Geneva process, in order to succeed.
And this is exactly what we have in mind with our proposal for a contact group, whose first goal would be to help the UN mediation led by Staffan de Mistura. We had a first encouraging step during the UN General Assembly on this and we are continuing our efforts in this direction with our partners.
Now, second message on Iraq, again in my national capacity: we have asked with Sweden for these consultations with Jan Kubis because we believe it’s important to meet in the context of tensions in the Iraqi region of Kurdistan.
On our side, as you are aware, in order to get a way out of the crisis that will preserve both unity and integrity of Iraq, France will reiterate its call for dialogue and respect of the constitution and the legitimate rights of the Kurdish people. And of course, we also fully support the mediation of Jan Kubis.
Q: Do you support the ceasefire in Iraq right now, giving the tensions between the Kurds and the Iraqis?
This is one of the goals of these consultations, it is to have a tour de table, and to see what kind of message can be conveyed by the Security Council. In other words after the consultations, if there is a consensus, I will get back to you with elements to the press.
Q: Can you comment on the Rohingya draft resolution, on Myanmar?
We are working together with our colleagues and friends, on the follow up of our Arria meeting with Kofi Annan. We think that given what is happening on the ground, which is ethnic cleansing, a clear reaction of the Security Council is needed. So we are working in good faith and in good spirit with our partners at the Security Council in order to get a product of the Council. This is our goal.