Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, February 4, 2013)

 

Executions in Iran (February 2, 2013)
Talking points in response to a question – Iran/ Nuclear issue



Executions in Iran (February 2, 2013)

France condemns the executions by hanging of 5 prisoners carried out in Iran on February 2. These executions contravene Iran’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which it freely subscribed. According to the information available to us and in the absence of official statistics, at least 400 executions are known to have been carried out in 2012, making Iran a country with one of the highest death penalty rates.

France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty. It lends its support to the abolitionists in Iran and urges the Iranian authorities to immediately establish a moratorium on the death penalty with a view toward its abolition. 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.

 

Talking points in response to a question – Iran/ Nuclear issue – What is your response to the Iranian statements on the holding of an E3+3 meeting with Iran on February 25 in Kazakhstan?

We welcome the holding of a meeting of the E3+3 group with Iran in Kazakhstan at the end of February, if Iran’s agreement to our proposal made several weeks ago is finally confirmed.

This meeting should provide an opportunity for Iran to engage, in good faith, in the dialogue on its nuclear program. That’s what the international community expects of Iran, in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors.

Tehran announced that it was ready for bilateral discussions with the United States. What’s your reaction?

Regarding the statement issued by the Iranian foreign minister regarding Tehran’s readiness to engage in bilateral discussions with the United States, we support all constructive exchanges that might encourage Iran to cooperate with the international community, and respond positively to the proposals that have been submitted to it on numerous occasions by the E3+3 group.

Most importantly, Iran must comply with its international obligations, cooperate fully with the IAEA and shed full light on the purpose of its nuclear program.