Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, August 19, 2013)

 

Madagascar – Electoral court’s decision
Bahrain

 

Madagascar – Electoral court’s decision

France welcomes the decision taken by Madagascar’s new electoral court on August 17 regarding the list of candidates for the upcoming presidential election. This represents significant progress in the process to resolve the crisis in Madagascar, which must involve the holding of free, transparent and credible elections.

France congratulates the African Union and the Southern African Development Community on all their efforts to find a lasting settlement to Madagascar’s political crisis.

France notes the constructive role played by Mr. Andry Rajoelina, President of the Transition, which contributed to the resumption of the election process, in the interests of Madagascar.

 

Bahrain

We strongly condemn the deplorable explosions which took place on August 18 in Bahrain and which seriously injured two members of the security forces. We extend our condolences and sympathy to the victims’ families.

We call on all parties concerned to firmly reject all forms of violence. We call for a swift resumption of the national dialogue.