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

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

AFP April 18, 2016 22:30:21 IST
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.

Frances Francois Hollande urges everything be done to maintain Syria truce

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.

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