Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 6, 2013)

 

Sudan – Attack against UNISFA
Madagascar – Candidates for the presidential election


Sudan – Attack against UNISFA

France strongly condemns the unacceptable attack against UNISFA (United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei) by Misseriya elements, which led to the death of the Dinka leader, Kuol Deng Majok, and a peacekeeper, and injured several soldiers from the peacekeeping force.

It reaffirms its unwavering support for the action of UNISFA, the only authorized force in this region, in accordance with UNSCR 1990. The perpetrators of these attacks must be held accountable for their actions.

France commends the restraint shown by the parties since this incident and urges the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to work together to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

This attack demonstrates the urgent need to implement the mechanisms set forth in the agreements of June 20, 2011, and to continue the discussions on the final status of Abyei. France urges both governments to establish without delay the interim administration of the Abyei area, in particular the Abyei Police Service, in order to avoid a repetition of such incidents in the future.

 

Madagascar – Candidates for the presidential election

France was disappointed to learn of the Special Elections Court’s decision to approve the candidacy of Mr. Andry Rajoelina for the presidential election in Madagascar, as well as candidacies of Ms. Lalao Ravalomanana and Mr. Didier Ratsiraka.

Mr. Rajoelina’s candidacy breaches the solemn pledge made by the transition president on January 15, 2013, not to stand as a candidate in Madagascar’s presidential election, in accordance with the recommendations of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). France fully shares the SADC’s regret expressed by the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete.

We urge all political players in Madagascar to uphold the commitments made to the SADC, whose mediation efforts France supports, in order to preserve the chances of successfully implementing the road map for the transition.