France calls for resolute action on Syrian chemical weapons

Syria – Fight against terrorism/National Defence and Security Council – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 7 April 2017

The National Defence and Security Council met following the strikes carried out by the United States on the Shayrat military air base in Syria, after the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April. It also took stock of today’s terrorist attack in Stockholm.

The French President emphasized that these developments confirmed the need to make simultaneous progress on the fight against Daesh [so-called ISIL] – by stepping up the coalition’s actions – and on political negotiations in Syria with a view to a transition accepted by all. These two aspects are indissociable in order to achieve a genuine and lasting victory against terrorism.

The President said the repeated use of chemical weapons showed the absolute necessity of resolute action by the international community. Syria continues to violate bans on the production, stockpiling and use of those weapons, despite the commitments it made when it joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013.

Verification investigations must therefore be stepped up. The accountability mechanism must work as quickly as possible to ensure that those behind the attacks are punished. All countries, but especially those which continue to support the regime, have a responsibility in this area.

Only a comprehensive strategy will enable peace, security and stability to be brought back to Syria. France will continue taking the initiative, both at the United Nations and with its American, European and regional partners./.

Published on 11/04/2017

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