Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 29, 2013)

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the members of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria
Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Slovenian counterpart, Mr. Karl Erjavec
France-South Africa Season - Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the opening of the exhibition entitled "Nelson Mandela: From Prisoner to President”

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the members of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (Paris, May 30, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will meet with the International Commission of Inquiry on human rights violations in Syria tomorrow.

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 to ensure respect for human rights and international humanitarian law by all of the parties to the conflict, in order to make progress toward finding a just and lasting political solution.

The participants will discuss the commission’s work since the publication of its most recent report in March, the conditions for implementing its mandate and its assessment of developments.

In particular, the meeting will make it possible to reaffirm France’s attachment to the fight against impunity. The commission’s work is a first step toward establishing the truth and justice needed to facilitate reconciliation between the Syrian people.

 

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Slovenian counterpart, Mr. Karl Erjavec (Paris, May 30, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will receive in Paris on May 30, 2013, his Slovenian counterpart, Mr. Karl Erjavec.

France maintains trusting and fruitful relations with Slovenia, which is a member of the EU and the euro zone. Our two countries have been linked through a strategic partnership since 2011.

The meeting between the two ministers will notably allow for an exchange of views on the upcoming European deadlines and the European prospects of the Western Balkans, as well as on the main international issues, including the situation in Syria and Mali.

 

France-South Africa Season - Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the opening of the exhibition entitled "Nelson Mandela: From Prisoner to President” (Paris, May 29, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will today inaugurate at Paris City Hall, alongside Mr. Paul Mashatile, South Africa's Minister of Arts and Culture, and Mr. Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, the "Nelson Mandela: From Prisoner to President” exhibition which will run from May 30 to July 6, 2013.

This exhibition is a highlight of the opening week in Paris of the France-South Africa Season, which will run until December 2013. It will make it possible, for the first time in France, to present President Mandela’s life story and his fight for equality and human rights through images, films and first-hand accounts.

The  South African Season in France, which follows the French Season in South Africa (July to November 2012), will provide an opportunity to discover South Africa’s culture, dynamism and creativity through numerous events to be held in more than a hundred cities in France.