France's Francois Hollande urges 'everything' be done to maintain Syria truce

Cairo: French President Francois Hollande urged Monday that everything be done to maintain a truce in Syria, expressing fears for civilians if the negotiations end.

Francois Hollande. AFP

Francois Hollande. AFP

Hollande's remarks, during a visit to Egypt, came as the Syrian opposition asked the United Nations to pause peace talks in Geneva until President Bashar al-Assad's regime shows it is serious about a political transition.

"We must do everything to maintain the truce" in Syria, Hollande said in a speech at the French embassy.

"If negotiations do not resume, if fighting does, there would again be the worst fears for civilians (and) consequences in terms of refugees," he said.


Published Date: Apr 18, 2016 10:30 pm | Updated Date: Apr 18, 2016 10:30 pm