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Journalists killed in Homs in Syria

Statement issued by Mr. Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, 22 February 2011


Following the reports we’ve received from Homs, according to which a group of journalists have purportedly been hit by bombings, I demand that the Syrian government put an immediate end to the attacks and that it comply with its humanitarian obligations.

I have asked our embassy in Damascus to insist that the Syrian authorities provide safe medical access in order to assist the casualties with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

I have asked my Cabinet Director to summon the Syrian ambassador in Paris to inform her of these demands and to reiterate to her the unacceptable nature of the Syrian government’s behavior.

France is more determined than ever to take action to put an end to the brutal crackdown being suffered by the Syrian people every day.



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