Syria: the necessity of our action has been recognized [fr]
Explanation of vote by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 14 April 2018
The draft resolution submitted by Russia (S/2018/355) has just been categorically rejected.
The result of the voting sends a clear message that the members of the Council understand the circumstances, reason for and objectives of the military action taken yesterday. The Council understands why such action, which has been acknowledged as proportional and targeted, was required.
No one has refuted the fact that the use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated and must be deterred. That is the key point.
It is important that we now look towards the future. As I have just said, the air strikes were necessary and served to uphold international law and our political strategy to end the tragic situation in Syria.
It is for that reason that, together with our American and British partners, France will work with all members of the Security Council to submit a draft resolution on the political, chemical and humanitarian aspects of the Syrian conflict with a view to devising a lasting political solution to the conflict.