Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 30, 2013)

Mali - Adoption of the road map and announcement of the holding of elections
Syria - Massacre in Aleppo
Saudi Arabia - Execution of Mr. Messaed Rouili (January 29, 2013)

Mali - Adoption of the road map and announcement of the holding of elections

France welcomes the unanimous adoption yesterday by Mali’s Parliament of the road map for the transition, which makes provision for the holding of elections and the opening of negotiations with the north. In accordance with the Security Council’s request in its resolution 2085, this progress marks a crucial and positive step in the political process.

Tangible progress must now be made in this process. In this respect, France welcomes President Traoré’s statement announcing the holding of elections in Mali by July 31, 2013. They must take place as swiftly as possible, with the highest possible voter turnout involving all Malians.

The Malian authorities must also, without further delay, engage in discussions with the legitimate representatives of the populations of the north (locally elected representatives, civil society) and the non-terrorist armed groups which recognize Mali’s territorial integrity. Only a dialogue between the north and the south will make it possible to re-establish the Malian state in the north of the country.

 

Syria - Massacre in Aleppo

France expresses its dismay following the discovery of around a hundred bodies of young men murdered in Aleppo. We utterly condemn this heinous act which reflects the escalation of violence in Syria and constitutes a war crime.

We hope that these crimes do not go unpunished and that those responsible will be held accountable for their actions before international criminal courts.

The acts of violence committed against the civilian populations - regardless of who the perpetrators are - are intolerable and must stop.

 

Saudi Arabia - Execution of Mr. Messaed Rouili (January 29, 2013)

France condemns the beheading on January 29 in Saudi Arabia of Mr. Messaed Rouili.

With 7 executions since the beginning of 2013, Saudi Arabia is one of the 4 states with the highest death penalty rate in the world. These executions contradict the global trend toward the abolition of this inhuman punishment, the deterrent value of which has never been established.

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 again urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium.