28 February 2017 - Syria: We are disappointed by this vote, but not discouraged [fr]
Syria / Chemical weapons - Statement by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations (after the vote) - Security Council - 28 February 2017
France deeply regrets the inability of the Security Council to adopt draft resolution in spite of the support of the majority of members.
The draft resolution was subject to far-reaching discussions in good faith with our partners. Thanks to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), we had enough information to take the necessary measures. We had everything necessary to shoulder our responsibility, to which we were unanimously committed.
We are therefore disappointed by the voting, of course, but certainly not discouraged. We do not have the right to be discouraged. We do not have the right to turn our backs and give up. We do not have the right to resign ourselves to the unthinkable — accepting the use of weapons of mass destruction without reacting with the necessary firmness.
That is why France, as underscored by Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault, will not give up. The work of the JIM will continue. Other cases will be transferred to it and we will once again be required to take a position. Sooner or later, the perpetrators will be held to account. My country will remain fully mobilized with its partners.
France is therefore more determined than ever to break the stalemate by drawing upon all appropriate international institutions to ensure these crimes are punished. I hope that when the time comes we will be able to come together. Our most fundamental values, as is our security and that of our children, are at stake. And all these things are simply far too important.