Humanitarian access can not be conditional
Syria - Remarks to the press by Mr. Alexis Lamek, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, chargé d’Affaires a.i. - 22 August 2016
We are going to have a meeting on Syria with Steven O’Brien.
You know, we met Staffan de Mistura last week and when he told us that in August not a single humanitarian convoy has reached besieged areas in Syria. Not a single one.
That’s shocking. Humanitarian access can not be conditional. What we need is to have a full implementation of international humanitarian law. These fourty-eight hour humanitarian pauses are just the least we can do, just the beginning of what is required.
Much more is needed. What we need is simply to implement international humanitarian law, ensure a full and unimpeded immediate humanitarian access.
It’s more urgent than ever in this context to resume the political negotiations for a long overdue political transition in Syria. We know what it requires, what it requires is a cessation of hostilities, the lifting of all sieges and as I said a full and unimpeded immediate humanitarian access.