Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, February 21, 2013)

Saudi Arabia – Execution of a convicted person (February 20, 2013)
Japan - Execution of three convicted persons (February 21, 2013)
Iran – Nuclear issue


Saudi Arabia – Execution of a convicted person (February 20, 2013)

France condemns the latest execution in Saudi Arabia on February 20, thereby bringing the number of beheadings in this country since the start of the year to 15.

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. 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.

Japan - Execution of three convicted persons (February 21, 2013)

France condemns the execution today in Japan of three detainees. 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. 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 urges Japan to reinstate the de facto moratorium observed in 2011 and to continue the national debate initiated on the future of the death penalty.

Iran – Nuclear issue

Is the P5+1 (or E3+3) group preparing a new proposal for negotiations with Iran? What new elements will be included?

We will put forward an updated offer that will include new substantive elements. The approach will still be based on the so-called Baghdad approach, namely a step-by-step approach beginning with confidence-building measures.

 

We hope that Iran will approach this meeting in a constructive spirit, and will be ready to discuss, in detail and with a renewed perspective, the aspects that need to be clarified with respect to its nuclear program. We want a genuine exchange that will lead to concrete results.