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France considers Syria’s chemical weapon as red line

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…Babatunde Opalana 

Alexandre Giorgini, deputy spokesman of  French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs France has reiterated France position on the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a red line and that the issue is a crucial one in the country’s discussions with her partners and the relevant international actors.

In a press briefing he addressed in France yesterday, he said the French President had in the interview he gave to eight European papers on June 22 affirmed his country’s position on the issue.

“We remain fully mobilised to defend the chemical weapons non-proliferation regime, which prohibits the use of such arms. France is also fully committed to seeing that those responsible for such attacks are punished.”, he said.

Speaking on the negotiation for a political transition in Syria, he said France supports t wholeheartedly the negotiations taking place in Geneva between the Syrian parties, mediated by UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, are aimed at achieving this.

 The Geneva communiqué and UN Security Council resolution 2254 define the terms of reference for a negotiated political transition on which the international community agreed in order to bring an end to the conflict in Syria.

“This transition is crucial to stabilising Syria and effectively combating terrorism.”, he said.

 On the funding of the G5 Sahel Project which France took to the UN, Giorgini said the nations that make up the G5 Sahel joint force are assuming their responsibilities and that they must be supported by the international community through voluntary contributions by bilateral and multilateral partners.

“Resolution 2359, initiated by France and unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council, calls for doing so. Several partners have already announced their contributions, including the EU, which declared it would provide 50 million euros in support.

“ As for the operational support France will provide for the joint force, we refer you to the Ministry for the Armed Forces.”

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