Paris, September 7, 2011
France deeply regrets the decision by the Syrian authorities to indefinitely postpone the visit by the Secretary General of the Arab League – further evidence of the Syrian regime’s isolation and its refusal to engage in any dialogue with its people or with its Arab League partners.
The Syrian authorities’ postponement of the planned visit to Damascus by the Secretary General of the Arab League once again highlights Bashar al-Assad’s refusal to listen to those who are advising him to put an end to the crackdown and see reason, just as another deadly operation is being conducted in Homs.
In this context, international pressure must continue to be increased. All members of the Security Council must assume their responsibilities.
At the European level, we’re currently discussing a seventh round of sanctions. The restrictive measures introduced by the European Union on 9 May aim to hinder those leading the crackdown in Syria and reduce the funding being used to sustain the violence against the Syrian people./.