Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, June 17, 2013)

First preparatory meeting for the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change (Paris, June 17, 2013)
Pakistan – Attacks
Sudan – Attack against a UNISFA logistics base
Syria – United Nations

First preparatory meeting for the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change (Paris, June 17, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair, at the Quai d’Orsay on June 17, the first Steering Committee meeting to prepare for the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) to be held in Paris in 2015.

The Steering Committee meeting will provide an opportunity to review the status of UN negotiations and to establish the initial guidelines in order to prepare for COP 21, in coordination with the presidencies that will precede us – Poland and Peru. Throughout this process, this committee will ensure that the views of experts from civil society - whose involvement in the preparations for the conference will be crucial to its success in 2015 – are sought.

The main purpose of COP 21 will be the conclusion of a new international climate agreement, applicable to all countries after 2020. Preparations for it are well under way. France’s bid to host this conference was approved by its regional group at the UN in April, paving the way for an official nomination at the COP in Warsaw in November 2013. The Paris Le Bourget site has been chosen as the venue to host the conference.

This committee, hosted by Mr. Laurent Fabius, will bring together Ms. Delphine Batho, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, Mr. Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of France for the Protection of the Planet, and Mr. Jacques Lapouge, Ambassador responsible for Climate Negotiations.

 

Pakistan – Attacks

France strongly condemns the particularly heinous attacks that targeted a hospital and Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University in Quetta, Baluchistan, on June 15. This institution is supported by France as part of an excellence-based scholarship program.

France extends its condolences to the victims’ families and reaffirms its wholehearted solidarity with the Pakistani people in the face of terrorism.

The French authorities call on the Pakistani authorities to combat all extremist organizations present within their territory.

 

Sudan – Attack against a UNISFA logistics base

France strongly condemns the attack against a logistics base belonging to the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) in Kadugli, Sudan, which left an Ethiopian soldier dead and several other people injured.

France extends its condolences to the Ethiopian authorities and the victim’s family. The perpetrators of these attacks must be held accountable for their actions.

France reaffirms its unfailing support for the action of UNISFA, the only authorized force in this region in accordance with UNSCR 1990.

It is more vital than ever to ensure that the mechanisms set forth in the agreements of June 20, 2011, are implemented and that the discussions on the final status of Abyei move forward. 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.

 

Syria – United Nations

The UN Human Rights Council adopted a new resolution on the situation in Syria. What is the scope of the resolution in your view?

We welcome the resolution adopted on June 14 by the UN Human Rights Council on the increasingly tragic situation that is prevailing in Syria.

This text demands that immediate, free and unrestricted access to the Syrian territory be provided to the commission of inquiry on Syria, whose objectivity should not be called into question. It is up to the Damascus authorities to meet this requirement set forth by the international community and to fully cooperate with the commission of inquiry.

The resolution also denounces the presence of foreign combatants on Syrian territory, in particular those belonging to Hezbollah, which it deems to be a major obstacle to resolving the conflict and a threat to regional stability.

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 international community’s requirements, strongly expressed through this resolution which, in this regard, reaffirms the possibility of referring the matter to the International Criminal Court.