Advantage must be taken of Syria truce to move towards genuine political transition
Nuclear Security Summit/Paris Agreement/Syria/Central African Republic – Meeting between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, and the United Nations Secretary-General – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Washington, 1 April 2016
The President had a meeting in Washington with the United Nations Secretary-General in the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit.
They discussed the preparation of the Paris Agreement signing day, scheduled for 22 April in New York. They noted that the vast majority of countries will take part in it at the highest level.
On Syria, the President paid tribute to the efforts led by Mr Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy. The truce must be fully observed. Advantage must be taken of it in order to move forward along the path to a genuine political transition. The President once again condemned the raids led by the regime in a suburb of Damascus.
They highlighted the military, humanitarian and political success of MINUSCA and Operation Sangaris in the CAR. Massacres were prevented, security was restored and elections took place in a transparent, pluralist framework.
Given the fresh allegations of sexual abuses committed by MINUSCA and Sangaris soldiers, the President and the UN Secretary-General expressed their same desire to establish the truth and reject any impunity. Such behaviour betrays the values and mission of the forces tasked with ensuring peace. On each occasion, France has immediately referred the matter to the courts so that the severest sanctions are imposed./.