Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 30, 2013)

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister
Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the members of the International Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Syria

Somalia - Consultations on the fight against piracy

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister (Paris, May 29, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, Interior Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on May 29.

The minister of foreign affairs reaffirmed his attachment to the friendship between France and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and our determination to strengthen our strategic partnership, particularly with respect to security, an area in which our two countries note a broad convergence of views.

In particular, the ministers discussed issues relating to regional and international security, especially the Syrian crisis and the situation in the Sahel. We have very similar positions on these issues, with the same objective of achieving stability and combating terrorism.

 

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

This morning, Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received the members of the International Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Syria.

Mr. Fabius reaffirmed France’s support for the work of this commission which has gathered a great deal of information on the serious human rights violations committed in Syria. In particular, he underscored that the fight against impunity, which should be underpinned by the International Criminal Court, is inseparable from the search for a political solution.

The minister of foreign affairs also discussed the most recent developments in the Syrian crisis and preparations for the Geneva conference.

He welcomed the adoption yesterday by the UN Human Rights Council of a resolution condemning the massacre by the Syrian authorities and its allies of the population of Qusayr. The resolution denounces the increasingly tragic situation prevailing in Syria. The violence against civilian populations must stop and there must be justice for the Syrian people for all the crimes that have been committed, regardless of the perpetrators; these are the requirements of the international community, strongly expressed through this resolution.

 

Somalia - Consultations on the fight against piracy (Paris, May 31)

France has conducted, through its école nationale de la magistrature (French National School for the Judiciary), in collaboration with the UN Development Program and the United Arab Emirates, a training program for 32 Somali judges and lawyers. This training program, which is aimed at strengthening Somalia’s criminal justice response to acts of piracy, will conclude at the end of May.

On this occasion, consultations on the fight against piracy and on security and development in Somalia will be held in Paris on May 31. A delegation of Somali judges, prosecutors and lawyers will be received at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Somalia must take ownership of the fight against piracy and develop a comprehensive approach to security with respect to its maritime areas in order to be able, with the international community’s support, to try the perpetrators of acts of piracy itself. To that end, France and the EU are mobilized to help Somalia develop its maritime and judicial capacities.

France supports the European “EUCAP-NESTOR” mission, which, under the leadership of a French head of mission, Admiral Jacques Launay, should make it possible to put an end to impunity for pirates.