Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 23, 2013)

 

Tax on financial transactions – Decision by the Council of the European Union (January 22, 2012)
Bahrain – Launch of national dialogue
North Korea – Nuclear and ballistic missile programs
Ukraine



Tax on financial transactions – Decision by the Council of the European Union (January 22, 2012)

The EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council yesterday approved the decision to engage in strengthened cooperation to introduce a tax on financial transactions.

France, which had, together with Germany, taken the initiative on this issue, welcomes this European Council decision which had gained broad support at the European Parliament in December.

It’s now up to the European Commission to present a proposal for a directive on the introduction of a tax on financial transactions. We hope this will take place as swiftly as possible. Our goal is to implement this tax as soon as possible.

Beyond the 11 countries that are participating in this initiative, we urge all our partners to join us.

 

Bahrain – Launch of national dialogue

France welcomes King Hamad’s invitation to all Bahraini political forces to participate in a new national dialogue.

The authorities and the opposition must now take steps in this direction and implement the reforms that will make it possible to take into account the aspirations of all Bahraini citizens. Only the resumption of inclusive dialogue can foster national reconciliation and restore calm on a lasting basis, while ensuring respect for human rights and the rule of law.

 

North Korea – Nuclear and ballistic missile programs

France reaffirms its condemnation of the launch of a long-range rocket on December 12 by North Korea. It again urges North Korea to immediately comply with its international obligations and to dismantle its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.

France welcomes the unanimous adoption on January 22 by the UN Security Council of resolution 2087 condemning North Korea for the launch it carried out on December 12, 2012, in violation of Security Council resolutions 1695, 1718, and 1874.

This resolution strengthens sanctions against North Korea, notably through the listing of new individuals and entities, and the strengthening of heightened financial vigilance measures. These measures constitute a firm response by the international community to the most recent rocket launch carried out by North Korea.

We again urge North Korea to refrain from any gesture that could further increase tensions in the region and jeopardize international peace and security.

 

Ukraine

Do you have any response to the serious allegations lodged against Yulia Tymoshenko?

We strongly deplore this new investigation of Ms. Yulia Tymoshenko within the framework of the Yevhen Shcherban case. We reaffirm the concerns already expressed by France and its European partners about the blatantly unfair and politically motivated trial targeting Ms. Yulia Tymoshenko and other opposition figures.

For a year and a half now we have continuously urged Ukraine to put an end to the arbitrary administration of the justice system and to comply with the principles of the rule of law and its international obligations.

The Ukrainian authorities tell us that they want to continue their country’s rapprochement with the European Union and swiftly sign the EU-Ukraine association agreement. With a month to go until the EU-Ukraine summit, it’s time for them to demonstrate this.