French PM calls on Russia to stop bombing civilians

'We do need to have peace [in Syria], we need to have negotiations and for that we need to stop bombings against the civilians,' Manuel Valls says

French PM calls on Russia to stop bombing civilians

World Bulletin / News Desk

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on Russia to respect an agreement for cessation of hostilities in Syria and stop bombing civilians.

Addressing a panel discussion with Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev at the Munich Security Conference, Valls said: "France respects Russia as well as its interests ...And in fact our presidents do speak each other quite frequently. But we do need to have peace [in Syria], we need to have negotiations and for that we need to stop bombings against the civilians”.

He said that the “cessation of hostilities” deal clinched among world and regional powers after talks in Munich Thursday should be promptly implemented.

“The agreement that was negotiated here in Munich, towards cessation of hostilities, is an important step that we need to welcome. But it now needs to be materialized. Only the facts matter,” he said.

“The solution cannot only be a military one; we need to organize a sustainable transition towards peace. This process will be a long one. So we need to organize, without delay, a true cease-fire. And also to organize without delay humanitarian assistance to besieged populations,” he said in remarks translated from French.

Diplomats agreed Thursday night to work towards a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in a week’s time. Foreign ministers from the International Syria Support Group meeting in Munich made the deal to secure deliveries of humanitarian aid to besieged Syrian towns and villages.

The U.S., Russia and regional powers Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey also backed the agreement.

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