Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, July 4, 2013)

 

Mali – Implementation of the Ouagadougou agreement
Guinea – Agreement between the government and opposition on the general election
Egypt


Mali – Implementation of the Ouagadougou agreement

France welcomes the arrangements for implementing the Ouagadougou agreement, which have led to an agreement on the confinement in Kidal of the troops of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and of the High Council for the Unity of Azawad, as well as on the establishment of checkpoints at the entrances to the town.

The agreement now enables the Malian army to be deployed in Kidal.  So it’s a notable step forward in Mali’s recovery of full sovereignty over all her territory, which was one of the fundamental aims of Operation Serval.

France welcomes the sense of responsibility of the Malian parties and particularly of the members of the Joint Technical Security Commission, tasked with monitoring the ceasefire between the Malian army and the armed groups in the north.  She pays special tribute to General Kazura, the military commander of Minusma, who enabled this agreement to be reached.

Guinea – Agreement between the government and opposition on the general election

France welcomes the agreement that has just been reached in Guinea between the government and the opposition on the organization of the general election.
This is a good agreement which was long awaited.  The organization of the general election will allow Guinea to complete the current transition period.

France pays tribute to the sense of responsibility of all the Guineans involved.  Guinea can now move forward.

France pays special tribute to Mr Said Djinnit, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative, whose action was decisive in reaching this agreement.

Egypt


Q. – What’s your reaction to the arrest of Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi, elected in June 2012 and overturned by the army on Wednesday?

Are you asking the Egyptian military authorities for guarantees of the safety and legal protection of Mursi and the many hundreds of his colleagues rounded up after the military coup on Wednesday?

THE SPOKESMAN – We’re expecting the Egyptian authorities to ensure Muhammad Mursi is treated with the respect due to the office he’s held.

We reiterate our commitment to the pursuit of a political transition involving all political parties and views, with due respect for human rights and democratic principles, political pluralism and freedom of expression, in accordance with the commitments made.