I am in New York today for the International Syria Support Group’s meeting, together with John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov, Ban Ki-moon and the Foreign Ministers of the countries who have been involved over the past couple of months in the negotiations in Vienna to end the Syrian crisis. Today we agreed on the beginning of a dialogue between government and opposition representatives, starting next January. In parallel we will keep working on a ceasefire that would allow us to join forces against Daesh and to guarantee humanitarian access in the country. As we talk geopolitics, our priority still is to save the life of hundreds of thousands.
The aim is to start off a political transition in Damascus, supported by today’s Security Council vote on a Resolution to underpin this process. The road won’t be easy: the positions – both inside and outside Syria – are still diverse. But this is a good step in the right direction: only diplomacy and multilateralism will lead to peace in Syria, and to security for the whole region.