Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 13, 2013)

Pakistan – Elections (May11, 2013)
Central African Republic (CAR) – Talking points


Pakistan – Elections (May11, 2013)

France welcomes the holding of elections in Pakistan on May 11. They were marked by the strong and courageous mobilization of the voters, who, despite violence on the part of extremist groups, freely expressed the diversity of their opinions. France extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the violence.

Through unprecedented voter turnout, the Pakistani people demonstrated their support for the democratic process. The EU observer mission noted an improvement in the organizational arrangements for the election, allowing open competition between the political parties.

Together with its EU partners, France supports this democratic process. It hopes that the new government that will be formed will be able to effectively combat terrorism, contribute to a more prosperous economy and lay the foundations for lasting stability in the region. With this in mind, France will cooperate with this new government.

 

Central African Republic (CAR) – Talking points

Do you have any comment regarding the situation in the CAR? Is there any news with respect to the strengthening of the Central African Multinational Force (FOMAC), and the possible transformation of the Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in the Central African Republic (MICOPAX) into a UN operation?

We fully support the efforts of the Economic Community of Central African States and the African Union aimed at stabilizing the Central African Republic, which has been plagued by violence and widespread looting since Seleka rebels seized the capital on March 24. Public order must be restored as swiftly as possible by the transitional authorities. In this respect, we are in close contact with the transitional prime minister.

The meeting of the International Contact Group on the Central African Republic, which took place on May 3 in Brazzaville, confirmed the idea of increasing the strength of the FOMAC contingent, bringing it to 2000 men, notably in order to ensure security in Bangui. The Security Council is also closely monitoring this issue; consultations on the Central African Republic will take place on May 15.

At this stage, there are no plans to deploy a PKO.

The French forces that were deployed at the start of the crisis are mainly in Bangui to ensure the protection of our nationals, those of our partners, our property and key locations in Bangui, such as the airport.