Paris, May 7, 2012
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Bernard Valero, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, 7 May 2012)
Egypt – Violence
France deeply regrets that the demonstrations that took place in Cairo resulted in violent clashes in which many people died. It extends its condolences to the families of the victims.
In this critical period for Egypt, it again calls on all actors to demonstrate a sense of responsibility in order to ensure a smooth democratic transition. In this respect, it urges them to respect the freedom of expression and the freedom to demonstrate as well as the need for peaceful political expression in a democracy.
What’s the status of preparations for another meeting of the Friends of Syria group which is due to take place in Paris ? Is it scheduled to take place in the next few days ?
The Damascus regime is blatantly violating UN Security Council resolutions 2042 and 2043, as demonstrated by the continuation of the crackdown, which has resulted in the death of more than 30 people in recent days.
The priority now is the swift deployment of all of the UN observers to Syria and the unimpeded and full implementation of the Annan plan.
The speech that Mr. Kofi Annan will deliver to the Security Council tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8 in New York will be critical in order to take stock of the efforts under way. The Security Council will examine the situation as observed by the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) and will have to swiftly draw the consequences.
In addition, France denounces the organization by Damascus of a ballot, the conditions of which appear to be a sinister farce. The political transition process established by the Annan plan and the Arab League will enable the Syrian people to regain the ability to freely express their views on their destiny.
With respect to the meeting of the Friends of Syria group, I would like to reaffirm that the goal that this group has set itself is to facilitate the full implementation of the plan to resolve the crisis, while respecting the inalienable rights of the Syrian people.
The French authorities will consult with their partners within this group in order to set the date for the next meeting, depending on developments in the situation in Syria.