Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, July 29, 2013)

Iraq - Attacks
Libya - Assassination of Abdelsalam al-Mismari
Somalia - Attack against the Turkish embassy in Mogadishu
Sudan - Violence in Darfur

Iraq - Attacks

France condemns the deadly attacks carried out today in Iraq.

It extends its condolences to the victims’ families and expresses its solidarity with the Iraqi authorities in their fight against terrorism.

France is concerned at the increased violence and reaffirms the importance of dialogue between the Iraqi political forces, while ensuring respect for the federal and parliamentary institutions, since this is the only way to overcome the challenge posed by terrorism.

 

Libya - Assassination of Abdelsalam al-Mismari

France condemns the brutal murder of Abdelsalam al-Mismari. It extends its condolences to his family and friends. Abdelsalam al-Mismari waged a courageous battle in support of democracy and human rights under the Qaddafi regime during the Libyan revolution and the transition.

France would like the perpetrators of this attack to be identified and brought to justice.

France supports the Libyan authorities that emerged from the elections of July 2012 in their efforts to restore security and establish the rule of law. It encourages the Libyans to unite in order to ensure the successful completion of the political transition under way.

 

Somalia - Attack against the Turkish embassy in Mogadishu

France strongly condemns the attack carried out on July 27 against the Turkish embassy in Mogadishu, which killed a Turkish police officer and injured 3 others.

We express our solidarity with the victims’ families, the Somali government and the Turkish authorities which are actively supporting the reconstruction of Somalia after more than 20 years of conflict.

France, alongside its partners, will continue to support the efforts of the Somali federal government to restore peace and security.

 

Sudan - Violence in Darfur

France deplores the fighting that recently broke out between the Salamat and Misseriya tribes in Darfur which, according to the most recent reports, resulted in the death of 94 people.

We’re concerned by this new escalation of violence which exacerbates the humanitarian situation and jeopardizes the efforts to promote peace in the region, notably those being carried out by the UN/AU hybrid mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

France calls on the Sudanese government to ensure security in Darfur and to put an end to the spiraling intercommunal conflicts.