Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, July 26, 2013)

Tunisia - Assassination of Mohamed Brahmi (July 25, 2013)
Attack against the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Libya (July 25, 2013)
Mali - Presidential elections

Tunisia - Assassination of Mohamed Brahmi (July 25, 2013)

Yesterday, President Hollande utterly condemned the horrific assassination of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi, elected to the National Constituent Assembly in 2011, and founder and former secretary general of the People's Party.

The assassination of Mohamed Brahmi, like that of Chokri Belaid, cannot go unpunished. Full light must be shed on these crimes which, as the minister of foreign affairs reaffirmed yesterday, are aimed at sabotaging the democratic transition in Tunisia and the process of achieving national unity.

During his state visit to Tunisia from July 4 to 5, President Hollande reaffirmed our country’s support for the transition under way and its solidarity with all Tunisians attached to the values of the revolution. He also called for the spirit of responsibility needed to preserve national unity and ensure the success of the democratic transition, which involves the adoption of a constitution and the holding of elections by the end of the year.

 

Attack against the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Libya (July 25, 2013)

France utterly condemns the attack carried out on July 25 against the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Tripoli.

We express our solidarity with the personnel working at this diplomatic mission as well as with the Emirate authorities.

The establishment of the rule of law and the acceleration of the transition process in accordance with a recognized schedule are prerequisites for security.

 

Mali - Presidential elections

Six months ago half of Mali’s territory was still suffering under the yoke of terrorist groups.

The presidential election is a crucial step toward resolving the crisis in Mali. It marks the return to constitutional order. It will give the country a legitimate government which will be able to bring to completion the stabilization and development of Mali, as well as the process of dialogue and reconciliation between the Malian people.

France welcomes the transition authorities’ mobilization, and the commitment of the vast majority of the political forces to ensuring that this election, which posed huge challenges, runs smoothly.

France was there, together with the international community and the UN mission (MINUSMA), to help prepare for these elections. Numerous missions, including those belonging to the African Union, ECOWAS, the International Organization of la Francophonie and the EU, have been deployed to observe the conditions under which the election will be held. 

Although there are still challenges ahead, Mali has, with the support of the international community, made tremendous progress.