France calls for immediate end to attacks in Syria

Syria – Bombing of a maternity hospital – Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Deputy Spokesperson

Paris, 12 August 2016

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, utterly condemns the bombings on the night of 11 August which targeted a maternity hospital situated in Aleppo’s north-western suburbs. This shameful attack caused several casualties. The medical facility has received financial support from France since 2015.

France is extremely worried about the humanitarian situation throughout Syria, particularly in Aleppo. It calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities throughout the country, which is the only thing that will enable the prompt resumption of negotiations in a genuine spirit of responsibility.

France calls for international law and Security Council resolutions to be respected – they require the protection of medical staff to be guaranteed – and for immediate, full, safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to be put in place./.

Syria – Situation in Aleppo – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 11 August 2016

France is concerned by information pointing to another chemical attack in the city of Aleppo on 10 August that allegedly killed four and left dozens injured. I strongly condemn all attacks on civilians, and all the more so when chemical weapons are used.

In the past, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed chlorine gas attacks on the Syrian population – a gross violation of international law – from helicopters, which only regime forces have.

I will be paying very close attention to the conclusions of the UN and OPCW investigations that will be released at the end of August on proven cases of chemical weapons attacks in 2014 and 2015.

The tragedy that the Syrian people have been experiencing for more than five years and the despicable attacks against them are the result of the cynical attitude of the regime and its supporters, which are keeping Syria from achieving any political solution. With nearly 300,000 dead, their ordeals have continued for far too long.

France calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities, the only thing that can facilitate the prompt resumption of negotiations undertaken in a genuine spirit of responsibility./.

Published on 25/08/2016

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