Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, August 5, 2013)

 

Israeli-Palestinian peace process – settlements
French embassy in Yemen
Syria – Bashar al-Assad’s speech
Zimbabwe – Presidential elections


Israeli-Palestinian peace process – settlements

France deplores the inclusion of a large number of settlements on the list of communities eligible for priority aid, adopted on August 4 by the Israeli government. That figure has increased since the last such list was published in 2009, and includes isolated settlements on the West Bank that are particularly likely to undermine a future peace process.

France emphasizes that settlements are illegal under international law and represent a major obstacle to the two-state solution.

France supports the current revival of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and asks the parties to refrain from any gesture that could harm this process.

French embassy in Yemen

Will France keep its embassy in Yemen closed or expand this measure to other diplomatic missions? If so, does that mean there are indications of new threats?

Laurent Fabius decided to extend the closure of France’s embassy in Sanaa through Wednesday, August 7.

Syria – Bashar al-Assad’s speech

Any reactions to Bashar al-Assad’s speech yesterday?

Bashar al-Assad’s speech yesterday once again demonstrated his resolve to continue the bloody crackdown on the Syrian people’s legitimate aspirations to democracy that he began in March 2011.

It comes at a time when the president of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad al-Jarba, said he was open to seeking a negotiated solution that would allow for the implementation of the Geneva Communiqué. He confirmed this during his meeting with members of the UN Security Council on July 26 in New York.

France reaffirms the need for a political process culminating in a credible transition toward a free and democratic Syria. It supports the prospect of a second Geneva conference and the implementation of the Geneva Communiqué, particularly the training of a transition authority with all executive powers, and notably control of over the military and security apparatuses.

Zimbabwe – Presidential elections

In Zimbabwe, Mr. Mugabe was proclaimed the winner of the presidential elections, with 61 percent of the votes. What is France’s reaction to the elections that just took place?

France closely followed the elections that just took place in Zimbabwe.

It congratulates the people of Zimbabwe, who came out in large numbers to vote in a calm and peaceful manner, compared with the 2008 election.

France applauds the role played by the African Union and the Southern African Development Community throughout these elections. We will pay close attention to the conclusions of their observer missions.

France takes note of the result of these elections, whose mode of organization raises questions. We call on the Zimbabwean parties to foster dialogue, in the country’s interest.