Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 17, 2013)

Visit to Washington by Mr. Pascal Canfin (April 18 to 20, 2013)
Iraq – Execution of 21 condemned criminals (April 16, 2013)


Visit to Washington by Mr. Pascal Canfin (April 18 to 20, 2013)

Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, will visit Washington from April 18 to 20 in order to participate in the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

On this occasion, he will meet the new president of the World Bank, Mr. Jim Kim, and will participate in the World Bank Development Committee, during which the Bank’s new strategy focusing on shared prosperity and the fight against extreme poverty will be presented.

During his visit, Mr. Canfin will also participate in a preparatory meeting for the International Donor Conference for the development of Mali organized by France and the EU, scheduled to take place in Brussels on May 15.

The monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals, the definition of the post-2015 development agenda and the issues relating to the fight against climate change will also be central to the minister delegate’s exchanges in Washington. 

 

Iraq – Execution of 21 condemned criminals (April 16, 2013)

France condemns the execution of 21 people yesterday in Iraq and expresses its deep concern at the growing use of the death penalty in this country. These executions contradict the global trend toward the abolition of this inhuman punishment, the deterrent value of which has never been established.

France urges the Iraqi authorities to immediately establish a moratorium on the death penalty with a view toward its definitive abolition.

France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty and as Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed, expresses its firm and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances.