Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 22, 2013)

Situation in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes Region
Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People (May 22, 2013)
Joint communiqué issued by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Ms. Delphine Batho and Mr. Pascal Canfin (May 21, 2013)


Situation in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes Region

France condemns the resumption of fighting since May 20 between the M23, the armed group placed under UN sanctions, and the regular Congolese forces, close to Goma in eastern DRC.

It reaffirms its support for the UN mission (MONUSCO), whose primary mandate is to defend the civilian populations in this troubled region, and calls for the swiftest possible deployment of the new intervention brigade, in accordance with resolution 2098, unanimously adopted by the Security Council on March 28.

We reaffirm the urgent need to implement the commitments made under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region signed on February 24 in Addis Ababa.

France welcomes the UN’s mobilization, notably underscored by the imminent visit to the region by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Mr. Kim, President of the World Bank, and Ms. Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region.

We also welcome the organization by the African Union and the UN on May 26 in Addis Ababa of the first meeting of the regional follow-up mechanism for the implementation of the Framework Agreement for the Great Lakes Region.

 

Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People (May 22, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will today participate in the ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People in Amman.

In a context of increased violence on the part of the regime and its allies, this meeting will provide an opportunity to stress the need for a political solution to the crisis.

The participants will discuss the upcoming Geneva II Conference which will bring together for the first time representatives of the opposition and the regime.

With this in mind, the meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People will notably provide an opportunity to specify the practical arrangements for the political transition. This will involve the formation by mutual consent of a transitional government, with full executive powers, which would exclude all those whose presence could undermine the credibility of the transition and jeopardize stability and reconciliation.

Joint communiqué issued by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Ms. Delphine Batho and Mr. Pascal Canfin (May 21, 2013)

In September 2012, President Hollande expressed France’s intention to host in 2015 the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The main purpose of this meeting, in accordance with the Durban agreements (2011), will be to conclude a new international climate agreement, applicable to all countries after 2020. Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, confirmed this bid at the Doha conference in December 2012.

In accordance with the UNFCCC rules of procedure which provides for an annual rotation among the UN regional groups, the 2015 summit should be hosted by a Western European country. France’s bid to host the conference was endorsed by its regional group at the UN, the WEOG, on April 12, paving the way for an official nomination at the COP in Warsaw in November 2013.

In order to prepare for this conference in the best way possible, France has chosen to host it in Paris, at the Paris Le Bourget center which, in terms of logistics, can offer the greatest capacity and accessibility for official delegations, as well as civil society and the media, which are key components for the success of the conference.

France has decided that this conference should focus on environmental excellence and will implement a program of action aimed at minimizing the impact of the conference in terms of the consumption of natural resources (water, waste, energy) and greenhouse gas emissions.