Syria: priority to set up the constitutional committee & preserve the ceasefire
Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
17 October 2018
There is one urgent step to take now : it is to set up the constitutional committee, under the auspices of Staffan de Mistura. This is the priority.
The other priority is of course to preserve the ceasefire beyond the completion dates set by the agreement. In our view, there is now an opportunity for the first time in 7 years of the Syrian conflict to initiate a real political momentum in Syria.
It is very difficult, it is immensely difficult but there is a potential here, a window of opportunity, if we go quickly to set up the constitutional committee. That could potentially be the turning point. So no time to waste.
Q: Who do you think is to blame for the delay? The Syrian government, the Russians…
A: you mentioned the Syrian government and you are absolutely right