Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, February 19, 2013)

 

Syria – Publication of the report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria
Maldives – Political situation
Sudan – South Sudan


Syria – Publication of the report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has just published a new report. In this report it denounces the suffering endured by the Syrian people as a result of the increased radicalization and militarization of the crisis as well as a dire humanitarian situation.

The report highlights the crimes against humanity committed by the government forces and their affiliated militia. It also mentions the human rights violations perpetrated by armed opposition groups, underscoring that they are not comparable in terms of intensity and scale.

We want the Human Rights Council to adopt, in the next few weeks, a resolution calling for the respect of human rights and international humanitarian law. It must also renew the mandate of the commission of inquiry.

All those responsible, without exception, for the crimes denounced by the commission of inquiry must be held accountable for their actions. In this context, France supports the international commission of inquiry’s calls for the situation to be referred to the International Criminal Court by the UN Security Council so that the perpetrators of the most serious crimes can be prosecuted.

 
Maldives – Political situation

France is closely monitoring the political situation in the Maldives and urges all parties to demonstrate restraint and to engage in dialogue in order to ensure that the presidential elections scheduled to take place in September 2013 are free, fair and inclusive.

In this context, the various political parties must be able to put forward the candidate of their choice.

 

Sudan – South Sudan

France is concerned about the continued fighting between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states. It calls on the parties to negotiate as swiftly as possible an agreement on the cessation of hostilities and to find a political solution to this crisis, as requested repeatedly by the African Union and the UN Security Council.

France also calls on the parties to allow humanitarian assistance to be delivered to these two regions, in accordance with the commitment made by the Sudanese government and the SPLM-N in August 2012 to the African Union, the Arab League and the United Nations.

France is also concerned by the lack of progress with respect to the implementation of the agreements of September 27, 2012, between Sudan and South Sudan and the reports of a buildup of troops at the border. It urges the authorities of both countries to immediately implement the demilitarized zone along the border and to deploy the observers as set forth in the agreements of September 2012.