Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 14, 2013)

 

Central African Republic – Signing of a peace and ceasefire agreement in Libreville
Syria - International Criminal Court
Somalia – Signing of an agreement with the International Organization for Migration
Saudi Arabia – Execution of Eid al-Dhafiri


Central African Republic – Signing of a peace and ceasefire agreement in Libreville

France welcomes the successful conclusion of the negotiations in Libreville between the parties in the Central African Republic, under the auspices of the Economic Community of Central African States. The three documents signed (ceasefire, statement of principle, political agreement) are the first steps toward a settlement likely to bring long-term stability to the Central African Republic.

France commends the critical mobilization of the Economic Community of Central African States, as well as the contribution made by the African Union and the UN. This joint action allowed dialogue to prevail. It also made it possible to define the conditions for a ceasefire and a comprehensive political settlement involving the presidential majority, the democratic opposition, the non-combatant movements, the Séléka coalition and civil society.

France urges all parties to implement the agreements concluded in good faith and without delay, especially the political agreement, under the supervision of the oversight committee tasked with monitoring its implementation. It is prepared to lend it its support, together with the international partners attached to the stability and development of this country.

 

Syria - International Criminal Court

At Switzerland's initiative, a letter was today addressed to the UN Security Council asking it to refer the issue relating to the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

This letter - supported by France from the outset - has now been signed by 55 countries representing all regions of the world.

It is a further signal of the international community’s determination to combat the impunity of those responsible for the crimes committed in Syria.

It’s also an appeal to the Security Council members to make a commitment to that effect, while the scale and severity of the atrocities being committed, particularly by Bashar al-Assad’s regime, are reaching unprecedented levels.

The commission of inquiry has gathered enough evidence to show that war crimes and crimes against humanity may have been committed in Syria. France reaffirms its unwavering attachment to the International Criminal Court’s role and hopes that the Syrian issue can be brought before it so that justice can be done.

 

Somalia – Signing of an agreement with the International Organization for Migration

On January 9, France signed an agreement with the International Organization for Migration to implement a project aimed at supporting the vulnerable and internally displaced populations in the Somali provinces of Gedo and Lower Juba, as well as in Mogadishu.

This project, which will receive funding of €1 million from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be jointly implemented by the International Organization for Migration, the Federal Government of Somalia as well as the local authorities and communities.

It reflects France’s determination to work toward the reconstruction of a united Somalia.

 

Saudi Arabia – Execution of Eid al-Dhafiri

France condemns the beheading on January 13 in Saudi Arabia of Eid al-Dhafiri and is concerned at the ever increasing number of executions in this country. While 76 people were executed in Saudi Arabia in 2012, this is the 3rd execution since the beginning of 2013.

France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty and intends to be at the forefront of this struggle. As Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed, France expresses its firm and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. It urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium.