Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, July 24, 2013)

Situation in DRC and the Great Lakes region - Pascal Canfin’s trip to New York (July 25) 
Burma/Myanmar - Release of political prisoners

Situation in DRC and the Great Lakes region - Pascal Canfin’s trip to New York (July 25) 

Minister delegate for development Pascal Canfin will attend a UN Security Council meeting in New York on July 25 on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region.

This meeting, which will also be attended by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and chaired by U.S. secretary of state John Kerry, coincides with the July 14th resumption of fighting between the M23 rebel movement and regular forces in the eastern DRC. Other participants include the secretary-general’s special envoy for the Great Lakes, Mary Robinson; World Bank president Jim Yong Kim; African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma; and foreign ministers from the region (DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda). 

Mr. Canfin will reiterate our condemnation of the resumption of hostilities by the rebel movement M23. These attacks severely compromise regional and international efforts to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the Great Lakes region. France once again calls on all signatory countries to abide by the commitments of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region signed on February 24 in Addis Ababa.

Mr. Canfin will also underscore our support for the swift implementation of the MONUSCO intervention brigade to neutralize and disarm armed groups in accordance with the terms of Security Council resolution 2098. Finally, the minister delegate will stress the urgency of any implementation measures to end the violence, notably the sexual violence against women and young girls, perpetrated frequently and with impunity by both the M23 and the DRC’s armed forces.

 

Burma/Myanmar - Release of political prisoners

France welcomes yesterday’s release of political prisoners in Burma as President Hollande called for during his meeting with President Thein in Paris on July 17.

This decision is a new step toward the aim of releasing all political prisoners.