Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, July 31, 2013)

UNESCO - Presentation of the report on France and UNESCO to Mr. Laurent Fabius
EU - Report on the European External Action Service (EEAS)
Sudan - Renewal of UNAMID's mandate

UNESCO - Presentation of the report on France and UNESCO to Mr. Laurent Fabius

On July 30, Mr. Daniel Janicot, Counselor of State, presented to Mr. Laurent Fabius the report on strengthening relations between France and UNESCO, which the latter had requested in accordance with a mission statement issued on February 28.

The role that France historically played in the creation of UNESCO in 1945, notably at the instigation of Léon Blum, and its special responsibility as the host country of the headquarters of this UN specialized agency, justify the special attention that our country accords it, while it faces a serious budgetary crisis.

The minister commended the quality of Mr. Janicot’s report, which put forward several proposals aimed at strengthening France’s presence and influence within the agency. Over the longer term, the report suggests that an in-depth reflection should be carried out - in cooperation with the other member states and Director-General Irina Bokova - on UNESCO’s adaptation to the new realities of the modern world.

France would like UNESCO to have the necessary capacity to play a key role in the international issues covered by its mandate to promote the culture of peace and harmonious development, while respecting the diversity of the world's cultures.

 

EU - Report on the European External Action Service (EEAS)

France noted with great interest the report by Ms. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on the European External Action Service (EEAS).

This report takes stock of the EEAS’s first two years of operation and validates the objective and importance of a more coherent approach to the EU’s external relations, the chief instrument of which is the EEAS. 

This document proposes practical adjustments that will contribute to discussions in preparation for the informal meeting of foreign ministers scheduled to take place in September.

 

Sudan - Renewal of UNAMID's mandate

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution to renew UNAMID's mandate for a period of 13 months, in order to mark its support for this mission in its peacekeeping efforts in Darfur.

France reaffirms its full support for UNAMID’s action and for the states that contribute to the consolidation of peace in Darfur. UNAMID has notably had to overcome considerable challenges in recent weeks, in particular the attack that took place to the north of Nyala on July 13 which killed 7 Tanzanian blue helmets and injured 17 others.

Only a political solution can put an end to the cycle of violence. France calls on all stakeholders to join the Doha process and encourages the Sudanese authorities to continue implementing their commitments with respect to the development of Darfur.