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

Mozambique – Working meeting between the president of Mozambique and French companies.
UN Human Rights Council – Review of the 24th session (September 9 to 27, 2013)
Nigeria – Terrorist attack in the city of Gujba (September 29, 2013)


Mozambique – Working meeting between the president of Mozambique and French companies.

During his visit to France, President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza took part in a working meeting with French companies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, September 27.

This meeting, which was organized in partnership with Medef International and opened by Mr. Pierre Sellal, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Gérard Wolf, Chairman of Medef International’s French Business Council for Southern Africa, enabled the president of the Republic of Mozambique to present his vision for the country’s economic development and to talk about its investment priorities and future projects.

This meeting brought together around 40 French companies - major corporations and SMEs – involved in a broad spectrum of activities, notably including energy, transport, agriculture, construction and services.

This meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss the creation of “Club Mozambique,” a venue for exchanges between public stakeholders and French companies that would like to help strengthen our bilateral economic relations.

 

UN Human Rights Council – Review of the 24th session (September 9 to 27, 2013)

The UN Human Rights Council closed its 24th session on September 27 in Geneva after three weeks of work.

A resolution on the human rights situation in Syria was adopted by a very large majority, underscoring the mobilization and cohesion of the Human Rights Council in the face of the deteriorating situation. It condemns the crimes committed in Syria, including the chemical weapons attacks and reaffirms that the perpetrators must be held accountable. It calls on the Syrian authorities to guarantee access to the Independent International Commission of Inquiry and ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and encourages efforts to find a political solution.

France welcomes the adoption of a resolution condemning all human rights violations in the Central African Republic. It welcomes the creation, through this resolution, of a mandate for an Independent Expert tasked with assessing the situation and providing assistance to the Central African authorities with a view toward strengthening respect for human rights.

France welcomes the adoption of a resolution condemning the scale of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and calling for the holding of a high-level dialogue on this issue at the next session of the Human Rights Council in March 2014. The purpose of this dialogue will be to help the Congolese authorities to eradicate this intolerable violence.

France also welcomes the renewal of the mandates of the Independent Experts on Somalia and on Sudan.

It also welcomes the adoption, on its initiative, of a resolution on arbitrary detentions, which is enjoying an ever-increasing level of support and is a key objective for French diplomacy.

 

Nigeria – Terrorist attack in the city of Gujba (September 29, 2013)

France condemns the terrorist attack perpetrated on September 29 against the agricultural college in Gujba, Nigeria. According to the latest reports, at least 40 students may have died in this heinous and cowardly attack.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

In these tragic circumstances, France reaffirms its commitment to the fight against terrorism and its solidarity with the Nigerian government and people.