Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, October 10, 2013)

Ghana – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Ghanaian counterpart, Ms. Hannah Tetteh (October 10)
World Day against the Death Penalty (October 10, 2013)
Visit by Mr. Pascal Canfin to Washington (October 10 to 12, 2013)

Ghana – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Ghanaian counterpart, Ms. Hannah Tetteh (October 10)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will today receive his Ghanaian counterpart, Ms. Hannah Tetteh. This meeting follows President John Dramani Mahama’s visit to France in May.

During their meeting, the ministers will discuss security and regional issues in preparation for the Elysée Summit in December on peace and security in Africa. They will also discuss bilateral cooperation, which was recently strengthened by the signing of a Framework Partnership Document, and trade.

The first session of the French-Ghanaian political dialogue will take place in Paris on October 24.


World Day against the Death Penalty (October 10, 2013)

On the occasion of the 11th World Day against the Death Penalty, France reaffirms its resolute and constant commitment to the universal abolition of this cruel and inhuman punishment.

Mr. Laurent Fabius expressed his views at 11:30 am at the National Assembly, during the first seminar on the death penalty bringing together parliamentarians from the Middle East region and North Africa. This event was jointly organized by the National Assembly, the Senate and the association, Together against the Death Penalty.

In a joint article published today and penned together with Ms. Khadija Rouissi, Deputy Speaker of the Moroccan Chamber of Representatives and Coordinator of the Moroccan Parliamentarian Network Against the Death Penalty, and Mr. Chenuil-Hazan, Director-General of Together against the Death Penalty, Mr. Laurent Fabius reaffirms the key role that parliamentarians around the world must play in promoting the abolition of the death penalty.

In addition, the minister today launched an appeal for the universal abolition of the death penalty, together with other Council of Europe member states, while this year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of Protocol 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights, concerning the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances.

The French diplomatic network is mobilized throughout the world in support of the campaign for the universal abolition of the death penalty launched by the minister of foreign affairs in October 2012. Our embassies and cultural centers regularly organize a variety of actions: conferences, activities aimed at increasing public and media awareness. 

Within the UN, France is using its influence to strengthen the global trend in support of a moratorium on executions. It supports the adoption of resolutions presented in New York and Geneva. On September 27 in New York, the minister chaired, together with his counterparts from Benin, Costa Rica and Mongolia, an event on the role of regional organizations in the abolitionist movement.

Lastly, France pays tribute to the determined efforts of human rights defenders and NGOs, whose mobilization is critical to this struggle.

Visit by Mr. Pascal Canfin to Washington (October 10 to 12, 2013)

Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, will visit Washington from October 10 to 12 in order to participate in the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings.

During his meetings with World Bank President, Mr. Jim Kim, and several senior officials from this institution, Mr. Canfin will discuss the World Bank’s new strategy focusing on shared prosperity and the fight against extreme poverty, as well as its role in promoting sustainable models of development and the situation in the Sahel.

The fight against climate change will also be one of the key issues that the minister delegate will discuss with Ms. Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development. He will also address this issue in his speeches at the Brookings Institute and before the Council of the Organization of American States (OEA), as well as during his meetings with think tank heads and business leaders.