France acts decisively on Turkish offensive following meeting

Syria – Press release issued by the Presidency of the Republic following the meeting of the Defence and National Security Council

Paris, 14 October 2019

The President convened a meeting of the Defence and National Security Council on Sunday 13 October to take stock of the situation in north-east Syria.

He emphasized that the unilateral offensive begun by Turkey risked leading to tragic humanitarian consequences, a resurgence of Daesh [so-called ISIL] in the region, and the long-term destabilization of north-east Syria. France utterly condemns it.

The following decisions were approved:

- France will intensify its diplomatic efforts, in close coordination with its partners in the [Global] Coalition against Daesh and in the European Union, NATO and United Nations Security Council frameworks, to secure the immediate cessation of the Turkish offensive under way.

- Measures will be taken in the next few hours to ensure the security of French military and civilian personnel who are in the area as part of the international coalition to combat Daesh or involved in humanitarian efforts.

- An emergency humanitarian response programme will be implemented to meet the needs of people in north-east Syria.

The absolute priority must be to prevent the resurgence of Daesh in the region. The risk of Daesh terrorist prisoners escaping, because of Turkey’s offensive, is being fully taken into account. Measures have also been adopted to step up security on national territory in this context./.

Remarks by M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, on the military operation in north-east Syria

Lyon, 10 October 2019

I utterly condemn the unilateral military offensive under way in Syria and call on Turkey to end it as quickly as possible. Turkey is today forgetting that the international community’s priority in Syria is the fight against Daesh and terrorism. [Turkey] is exposing millions of people to a humanitarian risk. Turkey alone is responsible, before the international community, for this risk, the risk of helping Daesh rebuild a caliphate, and the humanitarian risk.

Published on 08/01/2020

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