French official statement : Paris, september 12nd 2013
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Philippe Lalliot, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, september 12nd 2013)
The discussions at the UN on France’s draft resolution on Syria have begun. In France’s view, are Chapter 7 and recourse to the International Criminal Court preconditions ?
From the outset, our objectives - which remain the same today - were to punish those responsible for the chemical massacre on August 21 and to deter them from committing such an atrocity again. As Mr. Fabius reaffirmed on the radio this morning, “the reality is absolutely clear, there was a chemical massacre ; it was Bashar al-Assad’s regime that had the weapons and that gave the order to use them.”
France presented to its P3 partners a draft resolution setting out these objectives in a text that we would like to be binding, that will ensure that the perpetrators of this massacre are held accountable and that will swiftly ensure the credible, effective and verifiable control of chemical weapons present in Syria.
Like our American and British partners, we are in contact with our Chinese and Russian interlocutors. We would like the negotiations to swiftly move forward and to achieve the broadest possible agreement. Although we are ready to negotiate we are not however ready to yield on our main principles and objectives which we share with a large part of the international community.