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Misunderstanding of a handful of French parliamentarians: a delegation went to Syria last week to visit refugee camps and meet certain jihadists and their families, who are being held there in very difficult conditions. However, access was denied to them, unlike representatives of other countries. Now back on French territory, they accuse Paris of having exerted pressure to prevent them from entering these camps. They are waiting for a response from the government.
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A trip for nothing ... or almost ... Arriving at the northern border of Syria to enter Rojava, this enclave controlled by the Kurdish authorities, the delegation of parliamentarians did not imagine meeting such resistance.
MEPs Mounir Satouri and Sylvie Guillaume as well as deputies Frédérique Dumas and Hubert Julien-Laferrière are refused access to the camps, despite several positive exchanges made upstream of the mission. Their various interlocutors, members of the Kurdish administration, allegedly made the pretext of not being able to guarantee the security of the members of the delegation, but also showed themselves to be confused on several occasions.
The Belgian, Spanish and German delegations had, however, been able to enter these camps previously. It would have been specified to the elected officials on the spot that France was too important a partner geostrategically to allow them to continue their mission.
According to them, the Quai d'Orsay would therefore have put pressure on the Kurdish authorities to prevent them from meeting in particular a female detainee with whom they had an appointment.
As a reminder, Paris applies a return policy on a case-by-case basis for French children detained in these camps and that the adults must be judged on the spot ...
The expelled deputies are now awaiting a precise response from the government on the subject. Asked at the end of the Council of Ministers, the spokesperson Gabriel Attal assured that he would speak soon.
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