UN resolution on Syria "a step forward" - Laurent Fabius
United Nations General Assembly/Syria – Statements to the press by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs
New York, 26 September 2013
I have two aspects to discuss with you.
First of all, as you know, the resolution we finalized to ensure that the chemical weapons are banned is going be presented in a few minutes’ time. We worked yesterday and again this afternoon. It’s a resolution that represents a step forward. We – particularly France – are satisfied with it because it reiterates the three requirements we laid down at the beginning of the week.
Firstly, to specify that any use of chemical weapons is a breach of international security, which therefore authorizes the United Nations to take up the matter.
Secondly, to hold those who committed those acts criminally accountable.
Thirdly, it refers to the much-talked-about Chapter VII: in other words, unless the Syrian regime agrees to comply with the resolution, it’s up to the Security Council to take the punitive measures necessary under Chapter VII.
So it’s a resolution we’re satisfied with, which is the result of joint work. I think we’ve made good progress. In concrete terms, it’s being presented in a few minutes’ time.
There will be a text to adopt in The Hague, because as you know, there will also be the text from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The resolution will then be legally adopted here. But we can say that the issue has been dealt with and settled.
I’ve also just chaired a meeting of support for the Syrian people, the Syrian National Coalition and [its] President Al-Jarba. A presidential summary will be transmitted to you. The meeting brought together more than 100 countries – which is quite remarkable – and more than 60 ministers. It showed an extremely impressive level of agreement.
I’m happy that the meeting could be held on the United Nations premises, because the free, democratic Syria we so wish to see should be represented here, in the home of international law and peace, as soon as possible./.