Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 15, 2013)

 

Lebanon – Syrian bombing in the Hermel region (April 15, 2013)
Somalia – Terrorist attacks in Mogadishu (April 14, 2013)
Palestinian Territories – Resignation of Mr. Salam Fayyad
Central African Republic


Lebanon – Syrian bombing in the Hermel region (April 15, 2013)

We strongly condemn the bombing carried out from Syria which killed two people and injured several others on Sunday in the Hermel region of the Lebanese territory. This incident is another unacceptable violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty.

France, which is attached to maintaining Lebanon’s stability, is concerned by the increase in violence at the Syrian-Lebanese borders. It extends its condolences to the victims’ families and expresses its solidarity with the Lebanese people.

These events demonstrate how important it is for Lebanon to stay out of the Syrian crisis.

France reaffirms its support for Lebanon’s institutions, for President Suleiman, and for the Lebanese armed forces, who are striving to maintain Lebanon’s stability.

 

Somalia – Terrorist attacks in Mogadishu (April 14, 2013)

France utterly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out on April 14 in Mogadishu, notably against the Somali capital’s courthouse.

According to the latest reports, more than 40 people were killed in these attacks, including women and children, and several dozen others were injured.

In these tragic circumstances, France expresses its condolences to the bereaved and reaffirms its solidarity with the Somali authorities and people.

While the terrorists tried to strike at one of the symbols of the return to the rule of law, France will continue, together with the international community, to support the efforts of the federal government to restore peace and security for the benefit of the Somali people.

 

Palestinian Territories – Resignation of Mr. Salam Fayyad

In your view, what will be the consequences of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s resignation?

At a time when efforts to relaunch the peace process are being stepped up, France would like the Palestinians to find ways to resolve their internal differences and to give priority to the path toward stability and unity.

We would also like to pay tribute to Mr. Salam Fayyad’s contribution to building the institutions of the future Palestinian state. This action – to which France is proud of having contributed by organizing in 2007 the International Donors’ Conference for the Palestinian State – enabled the international financial institutions to note that the Palestinian Authority was ready to establish a functional and well-managed state.

We also commend Mr. Salam Fayyad’s record with respect to the management of public finances.

While the Palestinian Authority’s financial crisis is continuing, France reaffirms its attachment to the continuation of sound management practices, which have strengthened the credibility of the Palestinian Authority and earned it the trust of the international community. In this context, there’s also an urgent need to take measures to promote Palestinian economic development and thereby contribute to restoring trust between the parties.

 

Central African Republic

What’s your view of changes on the ground in the Central African Republic?

We’re extremely concerned by the situation in the Central African Republic. The continued violence against the civilian populations is unacceptable. The authorities that control Bangui must urgently ensure public order and security. Those who commit abuses must be held accountable before the competent courts.

On the initiative of Chad, which chairs the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the extraordinary summit scheduled to take place today in N'djamena has been postponed to April 18. We lend our full support to this organization in its efforts to clarify, as swiftly as possible and with the support of the African Union, the conditions for ending the crisis and for ensuring a consensus-based transition.

In our view, any political solution in the Central African Republic must be based on the framework established by the Libreville agreements of January 11, 2013, defined under the auspices of ECCAS with the support of the African Union.