France welcomes the Security Council’s unanimous support for the mission of the Joint UN and Arab League Special Envoy.
The Syrian authorities must finally respond to the international community’s demands and cooperate with Mr. Kofi Annan. In particular, they must bring about an immediate and complete cessation of the violence and the crackdown, allow humanitarian assistance to reach all of the populations in need, and engage in an inclusive dialogue in order to achieve a lasting political solution.
The legitimate aspirations that have been expressed for more than a year now must be addressed and a transition implemented in order to establish a free and democratic Syria that respects the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all its citizens and guarantees the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
Through this statement, the UN Security Council is starting to assume its responsibilities after months of deadlock.
France, which is firmly committed to the Arab League and the Special Envoy, is determined to continue to do everything possible to bring an end to the Syrian tragedy.