Minister Reynders welcomes the strong signal given by the General Assembly of the United Nations on Syria

date: 04 August 2012

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations of its resolution on the situation in Syria. Minister Reynders is satisfied that the vast majority of United Nations Member States, 133 in total, wanted to send the Syrian regime this clear signal.

Thanks to this resolution, the international community’s message is unequivocal: the violence must stop, UN resolutions and plans must be implemented as a matter of urgency, and a political transition must be undertaken without delay, as based on the press release of the Action Group for Syria dated 30 June.

Didier Reynders remains extremely concerned about the situation in the country, in particular in and around Aleppo. The possibility must urgently be arranged of providing the Syrian population with humanitarian assistance, and the cycle of violence must be broken.

Today’s resolution is born out of the deadlock at the level of the Security Council. For Didier Reynders, this General Assembly resolution does not take away the responsibility of Security Council members of adopting a resolution under Chapter VII which would enable the whole international community to adopt sanctions against the Syrian regime.

The need for a strong resolution on the part of the Security Council was also reiterated by Special Envoy Kofi Annan when he presented his resignation to the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. A resignation that Minister Reynders regrets. Just like High Representative Catherine Ashton, Minister Reynders wishes to express his gratitude to Kofi Annan for his unrelenting efforts and the positive role he has played in the search for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria. The former Secretary-General of the United Nations deserves the respect and praise of the whole international community, Minister Reynders declared.