Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - December 2, 2016)
• Belarus – Death penalty (December 2, 2016)
• Burundi – Facilitation efforts led by Benjamin Mkapa to promote inter-Burundian dialogue (December 1, 2016)
André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will visit the headquarters of the French NGO, Handicap international, in Lyon today.
On the eve of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, André Vallini will endorse, on behalf of France, the Charter on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action at the NGO’s headquarters. This charter was launched by Handicap International and was presented at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May.
France therefore joins the 140 states, international organizations and NGOs that are signatories to the charter and are committed to ensuring that development assistance takes the specific needs of disabled persons into consideration, in line with the principles of non-discrimination, and encourages their involvement in the design of humanitarian programs.
This visit to the headquarters of Handicap International will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the courageous action taken by this organization since its creation in 1982.
France condemns the executions in Belarus—which have just been made public—of Siarhei Khmialeuski, Ivan Kulesh and Hyanadz Yakavitski.
We are also concerned by the death sentence handed down to Siarhei Vostrykau on May 19.
France reaffirms its constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. We urge the Belarus authorities to establish a moratorium on the death penalty, the first step toward its abolition.
France pays tribute to the determination and commitment of Facilitator and former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa to find a political solution to the Burundian crisis in accordance with the Arusha Agreement, which he just reaffirmed in a communiqué published on December 1.
We reaffirm our full support for him in his efforts to promote inter-Burundian dialogue, in accordance with the mandate entrusted to him by the East African Community.
The only way to put an end to the crisis is through a political solution. We call on all Burundian actors—the authorities as well as the opposition—to engage constructively in the forthcoming consultations led by Benjamin Mkapa in Bujumbura, as well as in future sessions of the inter-Burundian dialogue.