France doesn’t believe in the three-day "regime of calm" in Syria
- 07.07.2016, 17:57,
- World » World. Main
France said on Thursday that a three-day nationwide ceasefire announced by the Syrian army was not good enough and it was unrealistic to expect a revival of peace talks without a long-term truce, Reuters reports.
Syria's military declared the three-day "regime of calm" - a term it uses to denote a temporary truce - on Wednesday to cover the Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrated by Muslims at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. But some fighting has continued.
"We will judge the announcement of a 'regime of peace' in terms of concrete results on the ground," the French Foreign Ministry spokesman said. "Without a full and lasting truce, and without full and continuous humanitarian access to all people in need in Syria, it is unrealistic to expect a resumption of negotiations."
France, which backs moderate Syrian rebels and has led air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria, severed diplomatic relations with Damascus in 2012 to protest against what it called the repressive policies of President Bashar al-Assad.