Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - April 28, 2017)
• Syria – Bombing of medical facilities
• Morocco – Formation of Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani’s government (April 26, 2017)
• Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Violence in Parliament (April 27, 2017)
France welcomes the appointment by the UN Secretary-General of Edmond Mulet as head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
It thanks the outgoing head of the mechanism, Virginia Gamba, for her commitment and for the outstanding work she has done over the last few months.
France reaffirms the importance of this investigative and attribution mechanism, which was unanimously adopted by the members of the Security Council through resolution 2235. In two consecutive reports, the JIM demonstrated last year that the Syrian army had used chemical weapons against civilian populations on at least three occasions and that Daesh had used them on one occasion.
The chemical attack on April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun confirms the urgency of this issue. The information available to France regarding this matter, which Jean-Marc Ayrault disclosed on April 25, confirms the use of sarin gas and the responsibility borne by the regime.
The crimes of those who choose to use such weapons must not go unpunished.
France condemns the aerial bombing of medical facilities in the Idlib region over the last few days which have claimed the lives of several people. These deliberate attacks are unacceptable and are further violations of international humanitarian law; they may constitute war crimes.
The regime must put an end to these attacks against the populations and civilian infrastructure, against health workers and healthcare facilities. France reaffirms the urgent need to implement an effective cessation of hostilities.
The only way to establish lasting peace in Syria is through a political solution based on UNSCR 2254 and the Geneva Communiqué. This is the purpose of the negotiations under UN auspices which should soon resume in Geneva. We reaffirm our support for them.
France warmly congratulates Saad Eddine El Othmani, head of the Moroccan government, on the formation of his government, which was officially sworn in by the Moroccan Parliament on April 26.
We are convinced that the close relationship between our two countries will continue in the service of our exceptional partnership.
France intends to expand French-Moroccan cooperation in every area, ambitiously and with confidence.
Jean-Marc Ayrault will have the opportunity to applaud the dynamism of the French-Moroccan relationship during his meeting with his counterpart, Nasser Bourita, whom he will welcome to Paris on May 2.
France is monitoring the situation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with great concern. It strongly condemns yesterday’s violence in the Parliament, following the election of its president.
It calls on all the parties to exercise calm and reminds them that only a constructive political dialogue can stabilize the country in the long term. All political leaders must assume their responsibilities and choose the path of dialogue.
For France, respect for the Constitution, democratic principles and institutions is vital. The use of violence can only lead to the exacerbation of tensions.