France backs Syria talks suspension amid "brutal" siege
Syria/Geneva negotiations – Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Paris, 3 February 2016
The United Nations special envoy has just announced the suspension of the inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva due to the tragic circumstances on the ground in Syria, which deprive them of any meaning.
We condemn the brutal offensive conducted by the Syrian regime, with Russia’s support, to surround and stifle Aleppo and its hundreds of thousands of inhabitants. I express France’s full support for the decision by the special envoy, in this context, to suspend the negotiations, to which neither Bashar al-Assad’s regime nor its supporters apparently wish to contribute in good faith, thus torpedoing peace efforts.
France expects the regime and its allies to honour their humanitarian obligations and Security Council Resolution 2254, namely by halting indiscriminate bombing, lifting sieges and [allowing] full humanitarian access to the Syrian people.
The forthcoming international meetings, particularly the London conference in which I shall be taking part tomorrow, will provide an opportunity for in-depth consultations with our partners on the next essential steps./.