Vanuatu/Cyclone Pam/conversation with Mr Baldwin Lonsdale
Paris, March 17, 2015
The French President spoke to Baldwin Lonsdale, President of Vanuatu, this morning. He expressed to him France’s wholehearted solidarity in view of the disastrous consequences of Cyclone Pam and extended to him his condolences for the bereaved. He commended the courage with which Vanuatu’s people and government are coping with the disaster.
The Head of State assured President Lonsdale of France’s full support in this ordeal. He said that the assistance provided on Sunday would be increased in the next few days in order to respond to the urgency of the situation, assess needs and enable the country’s reconstruction.
Cyclone Pam is a new warning for the international community to shoulder all its responsibilities in the fight against climate change, which first and foremost affects the most vulnerable. The French President reiterated his determination for this December’s Paris Conference to make an ambitious agreement possible./.