Wednesday, March 12, 2014

French draft statement on Syria: Full support to Brahimi's approach

Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Representative for Syria, briefs journalists on Geneva II conference on Syria. 30 January 2014
Draft press statement on Syria

The members of the Security Council expressed their full support to the Joint Special Representative and appreciation for his efforts. They stated their support for a resumption of the talks in Geneva based on a genuine engagement by all parties involved to implement the Geneva Communique of 30 June 2012.

The members of the Security Council expressed full support to the agenda of four points submitted by the Joint Special Representative for the resumption of the talks: violence and terrorism; transitional governing body; national institutions; national reconciliation and national debate. They also expressed their support for M. Brahimi’s approach for dealing with the first two points in parallel and emphasized the need for genuine engagement on the creation of a transitional governing body. The members of the Security Council reiterated the centrality of the transitional governing body, with full executive powers, formed by mutual consent, to implement the transition foreseen in the Geneva Communiqué.
As the situation deteriorates on the ground, the members of the Security Council recalled their demand that all parties work towards the comprehensive implementation of the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012 leading to a genuine political transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people and enables them independently and democratically to determine their own future, including through elections organized within the framework of the Geneva peace talks process. They further stressed that rapid progress on a political solution should include full participation by all groups and segments of Syrian society, including women, and represents the only sustainable opportunity to resolve the situation in Syria peacefully. The Security Council called for the full implementation of UNSCR 2139.
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