Joint Russian-French communique on the humanitarian operation in Syria

Friday, 20 July 2018 15:07

According to the decision made by the President of the French Republic and the President of the Russian Federation in St Petersburg on May 24, 2018, Russia and France will carry out a joint humanitarian project in Syria in the near future to satisfy the needs of the civilian population, which still urgently needs help in Douma in Eastern Ghouta, and particularly to provide emergency medical assistance to hospitals supervised by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

This assistance, consisting of first-aid medical items (emergency medical assistance and intensive care treatment for 500 seriously injured patients and basic medicaments for treating 15,000 minor injuries), will help meet the humanitarian needs of Eastern Ghouta’s population.

Russia will deliver its cargo to Syria by air from France. Upon arrival, the cargo will be escorted according to UN rules, with Russia’s support and in compliance with international humanitarian law.

In compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 2401, this project aims at providing the civilian population wider access to assistance.  Humanitarian assistance is an absolute priority; it should be distributed on a compassionate, neutral, impartial and free basis, over all of the Syrian territory without exception, where international humanitarian law must be respected in full.

France  and Russia are pursuing their efforts within the coordination framework between  the  Small Group and the Astana format in order to create the necessary conditions for a reliable and long-term political settlement.

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