Emergency humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic - Paris, 6 August 2012
With the situation in Syria constantly deteriorating, President Hollande has decided, in full agreement with the Jordanian authorities, to deploy a French military medical surgical group and immediately send a medical team to the Jordan-Syria border. The military doctors and surgeons, backed up by civilian personnel, will assist victims of the fighting and refugees, who are currently fleeing the conflict zones in Syria.
In the face of the humanitarian emergency, France is fully mobilized alongside the Syrian people and the states in the region. Several hundred thousand refugees have been counted in Syria's neighbouring countries, including 120,000 registered by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; in addition, there are more than a million displaced people inside the country.
President Hollande has instructed the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, supported by the Minister of the Interior, to set up these medical facilities by the end of the week.
This decision complements, on the ground, the diplomatic initiatives France is currently taking with the international community to put a stop to the atrocities by Bashar al-Assad's regime. Following the Friends of the Syrian People conference in Paris on 6 July, France is stepping up her contacts with the Syrian opposition and the Arab League states to prepare the conditions for a swift transition in Syria. The Minister of Foreign Affairs will visit Jordan on 15 August, as well as other countries in the region.
The Prime Minister will inform Parliament of this decision./.