Syria : the humanitarian situation is a catastrophe

Syria – humanitarian situation - Remarks to the press by François Delattre, Permanent representative of France to the United Nations - Thursday 27 April 2017

Two points on the situation in Syria.

First of all, as you are well aware, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault presented yesterday in Paris the French national evaluation about the chemical attack of April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun. Our conclusion, and I want to underscore this point, is crystal clear: sarin was used, and the presence of a substance called hexamine is characteristic of the sarin produced by the Syrian regime, so we have no doubt that the Syrian regime is responsible for this barbaric attack. And the evidence we brought show that the Syrian regime is in complete violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention that it ratified.

Number two, with respect to the humanitarian situation in Syria: the situation is a catastrophe. The cease fire doesn’t exist anymore. The humanitarian aid simply doesn’t get through. So an improvement on these two fronts, the cessation of hostilities and the humanitarian access, is necessary in order to re-launch a credible political process. And in order for this political process to succeed, we also need much stronger pressure from Russia on the Syrian regime as well as a clear political reengagement of the United States, following the recent American strikes that we as you know have supported.

Q: Ambassador, on DPRK, what do you expect tomorrow?

On DPRK, I don’t want to prejudge what will happen tomorrow. What I can say is that we are together, with our American friends and others, in order to maximize pressure on the North Korean regime.

Dernière modification : 09/05/2017

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