PARIS, Oct 19 (KUNA) — French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that the plight of the Syrian city of Aleppo, under weeks of bombardment by Syrian regime and Russian forces, has become “unacceptable, intolerable and unbearable,” and he vowed to push for an extension to a Russian-declared truce there.
“What’s at stake is the honour or the shame of the international community,” Hollande said in a press statement alongside a delegation from Aleppo that included representatives of the Syrian civil security group “The White Helmets.”
The French leader said he wanted “to alert people, beyond France” about what is happening in Aleppo, which has been devastated by weeks of relentless air strikes and artillery fire as Syrian government forces seek to re-take the country’s second-largest city from opposition rebels.
Hollande recalled that over 300,000 people – mostly civilians – have died in the Syrian conflict in the past five years and he praised the role of the “White Helmets” in saving lives.
“France will do everything it can to bring pressure – notably on the supporters of the regime, I am thinking about the Russians – so that the truce can be extended and delivery of humanitarian can be achieved and so that there can be a political end (to the conflict),” the French President said.
He added that he is leaving for Berlin later Wednesday for a summit meeting with Russian, German and Ukrainian leaders and he promised to work with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to push for an extension to the Aleppo cease-fire. (end)
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