Situation in Eastern Ghouta district – Interview given by M. Jean-Yves le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, to Europe 1
Paris, 21 February 2018
THE MINISTER – There are no words to describe what’s happening in Eastern Ghouta at the moment. There are around 100 deaths a day, hospitals have been bombed and there’s been only one humanitarian convoy since the beginning of January.
In such a tragic situation, any failure to act is seriously reprehensible. France is exerting all its influence so that a resolution at the Security Council can approve an immediate humanitarian truce, so the wounded can be evacuated and a minimum of calm brought to this hellish situation.
Q. – Russia supports this operation; aren’t you afraid it will veto a Security Council decision?
THE MINISTER – Everyone must shoulder their responsibilities. We know Russia has the necessary leverage. Firstly, it has to approve the resolution and make sure the truce is observed and the humanitarian aid can be delivered. Russia has the necessary leverage on Bashar al-Assad./.