Paris, August 3, 2011
I welcome the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous adoption of a statement on Syria this evening in New York.
The Council is sending an unambiguous message to Damascus. It strongly condemns the Syrian regime for human rights violations and the use of force against civilians. It emphasizes that those responsible for the violence must be held accountable. The Council will meet again within a week to re-examine the situation.
This text is the product of the efforts we have made with our partners since the beginning of the events in Syria. It is a turning point in the international community’s attitude.
It is now up to the Syrian authorities to stop using force against peaceful demonstrations and implement the reforms essential for responding to the Syrian people’s legitimate aspirations.
We call on the Syrian government to finally heed the unanimous appeal from the international community./.