Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, February 14, 2013)

Israel – Settlement activity
Saudi Arabia – Execution of a convicted person (February 14, 2013)
Iran – Nuclear issue

Israel – Settlement activity

France condemns the Israeli government’s decision to approve the construction of 90 new homes in the settlement of Beit El, as well as the planning of 346 housing units initiated in settlements to the south of Bethlehem.

France calls on the Israeli authorities to reverse these illegal decisions which undermine trust and jeopardize the two-State solution.

Priority must now be given to the resumption of credible negotiations between the parties. France expects the next Israeli government to put an end to all policies that are contrary to this imperative.   

Saudi Arabia – Execution of a convicted person (February 14, 2013)

France condemns the execution of Chbib al-Otaibi on February 14 in Saudi Arabia, thus bringing the number of beheadings in this country since the start of the year to 13.


France again expresses its deep concern at the alarming rate of executions in Saudi Arabia. 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.

Iran – Nuclear issue


The IAEA confirmed this morning that there has been no agreement with Iran on the structured approach and that Tehran has reiterated its refusal to grant it access to the Parchin site. What’s your reaction to that?


Iran’s continued refusal to finalize its discussions with the IAEA in order to shed full light on the purpose of its nuclear program is very troubling.
The IAEA has been making significant efforts for several months to get answers from Iran to its questions and to obtain access to the sites and personnel concerned. Unfortunately, Iran has not taken the opportunity during its meetings with the IAEA to finally commit to a process of cooperation and transparency. Conversely, we note that Iran has announced the installation of new generation centrifuges at the Natanz plant, aimed at accelerating its uranium enrichment program.


Iran must cooperate with the IAEA in accordance with its international obligations, and as demanded under the resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors, notably those adopted in November 2011 and September 2012.


The Board of Governors, which is due to meet at the beginning of March, must make an uncompromising assessment of Iran’s failings. This will provide an opportunity to remind Iran once again of its international obligations and to draw the consequences.