Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, March 11, 2013)

 

Kenya – Presidential elections
Implementation of the agreements between Sudan and South Sudan
Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court sworn in
France/ Bolivia


Kenya – Presidential elections

France commends the Kenyan people for having overwhelmingly and peacefully expressed their sovereign will during the presidential elections and the 5 other ballots held at the same time.

France urges all parties to assert any potential challenges by using the legal procedures laid down for that purpose.

Kenya is a key partner in East Africa and France would like to continue its cooperation with the new Kenyan government in order to help it consolidate democracy and establish a reconciled and prosperous society.

 

Implementation of the agreements between Sudan and South Sudan

France welcomes the adoption by Sudan and South Sudan of the implementation procedures for the agreements of September 27, 2012, aimed at establishing a buffer zone. These implementation procedures, together with a detailed schedule, should make it possible to put the planned demilitarized zone at the border of the two states into operation and to deploy the planned monitoring mechanism. This further step removes the last remaining obstacle to the implementation of the agreements of September 27.

France urges the two countries to implement the other aspects of these agreements as of now and encourages them to continue in the same spirit of cooperation in order to find, as swiftly as possible and in an atmosphere of calm, a definitive solution to these issues that remain outstanding.

 

Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court sworn in

France welcomes the swearing-in on March 8, 2013, of Mr. James Stewart as Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Mr. James Stewart, an eminent jurist, gained extensive experience during his previous roles, notably as Senior Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, head of the Prosecution Division at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Senior Appeals Counsel then head of the Appeals and Legal Advisory Division at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

France, which is firmly committed to combating impunity, attaches the utmost importance to the effective functioning of the International Criminal Court as well as to the execution of the Court’s numerous requests for cooperation. It wishes Mr. Stewart every success in his new capacity and assures him of its full support.

 

France/ Bolivia

Do you have any details about the Bolivian president’s program in France on Wednesday?

Mr. Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, will conduct a working visit to France on Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13. He will first travel to Toulouse on March 12, where he will visit the Airbus headquarters and assembly plant. He will then travel to Paris to deliver a lecture at 7:00 pm at the Maison de l'Amérique latine. He will be received by President Hollande the following day. A meeting with French companies is also planned.

This visit will provide an opportunity to discuss with the Bolivian president the prospects for developing our bilateral partnership in all areas, notably in the economic field and with respect to environmental protection. It will also provide an opportunity to review the top international issues.

The Bolivian president’s visit falls within the framework of the priority we give to developing our relations with Latin America, where the minister of foreign of affairs conducted a visit from February 21 to 26. During the visit, Mr. Laurent Fabius reaffirmed our determination to strengthen political dialogue, economic cooperation and cultural and human exchanges with all countries across the continent.