Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, August 30, 2013)

Syria – Condemnation by the Syrian National Coalition of the use, manufacture, possession and trade of chemical weapons
Bahrain – Attack
Central African Republic


Syria – Condemnation by the Syrian National Coalition of the use, manufacture, possession and trade of chemical weapons

France welcomes the statements issued by Mr. Ahmad al-Assi al-Jarba, President of the Syrian National Coalition, condemning the use, manufacture, possession and trade of chemical weapons.

While, as we know, Bashar al-Assad’s regime perpetrated the chemical massacre on August 21, this commitment by the Syrian National Coalition sends a strong signal that it, in contrast to the Syrian regime, rejects chemical weapons. This commitment by the Coalition again demonstrates its sense of responsibility. 

France has always been fully involved in the international efforts to promote disarmament and combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. As a state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, France hopes that this commitment by the Syrian National Coalition will pave the way for a Syria of tomorrow where chemical weapons will always be prohibited.

 

Bahrain – Attack

We strongly condemn the car bomb attack that injured 4 members of the security forces on August 29. We express our sympathy to the victims and their families.

We call on all parties concerned to categorically reject all forms of violence and to demonstrate restraint. The political dialogue that has just been resumed must, more than ever, pave the way for lasting peace and reconciliation in Bahrain.

 

Central African Republic

Does the French government envisage increasing its military presence in Bangui, i.e. strengthening or going beyond the framework of Operation Biali?

What is Paris’s attitude with respect to the Séléka, which is normally led by President Djotodia?

France fully supports the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) in its efforts to protect the civilian population. It also welcomes the initiatives of the Economic Community of Central African States and the AU to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the Central African Republic.

In cooperation with our African partners, we are working with the UN Security Council members on a draft resolution to support the action of the African Union and MISCA. We hope that this draft resolution can be presented in New York in the next few weeks.

With respect to the security situation, France has, since the start of the crisis, tirelessly argued that the restoration of security be given the highest priority. We call on the transitional authorities to do everything possible to ensure that the perpetrators of abuse against the civilian population, including those who came from the ranks of the Séléka, are prosecuted.

With respect to the Boali detachment, whose main mission is to ensure the security of French nationals established in the country, please refer to the Ministry of Defense.