Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, November 13, 2013)

 

Somalia – Adoption of UNSCR 2124 (New York, November 12, 2013
Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Regional Ministerial Meeting on Border Security (Rabat, November 14, 2013)

United Nations – France’s election to the Human Rights Council
Maldives – Postponement of the second round of the presidential elections


Somalia – Adoption of UNSCR 2124 (New York, November 12, 2013

France welcomes yesterday’s unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council of resolution 2124 devoted to the situation in Somalia. By approving an increase in troop strength of 4,400 soldiers for the African Union operation in Somalia (AMISOM), it will enable this operation, with the support of the Somali forces, to step up action against the extremist groups that are continuing to obstruct peace. 

In this resolution, the Security Council also calls on the Federal Government of Somalia to intensify its efforts to consolidate the positive results achieved so far and to advance security, stability and good governance. The establishment of legitimate local administrations in the areas liberated from extremist groups should therefore make it possible to respond to the needs of the populations.

The reconciliation efforts are also a priority. To that end, the national dialogue initiated with the support of the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the United Nations will notably help to address constitutional issues and to prepare for the elections scheduled to take place in 2016.

 

Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Regional Ministerial Meeting on Border Security (Rabat, November 14, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will tomorrow participate in the 2nd Regional Ministerial Meeting on Border Security in Rabat. This meeting, focusing on Libya, will bring together its neighbors and partners in order to improve regional cooperation with respect to border management, in follow-up to the conference held in Tripoli in March 2012.

Mr. Laurent Fabius will express France’s support for Libya and confirm our commitment to helping it overcome the challenges that it faces during this transition period. It was in this spirit that we hosted a conference in Paris on February 12 aimed at providing support to the Libyan authorities.  

The challenges posed by trafficking, illegal immigration and terrorism concern us all and require more effective control of Libya’s border areas, and more generally the Sahara-Sahel region. France hopes that the Rabat conference will provide an opportunity to strengthen regional cooperation in a spirit of dialogue and solidarity and is ready to support all initiatives in that regard.

Lastly, this conference will provide an opportunity to urge the international community to help Libya and the states of the region in this task. We would therefore like the role of the EU border management training and advisory mission (EUBAM Libya), launched this summer, to be further strengthened.   

 

United Nations – France’s election to the Human Rights Council

Following yesterday’s vote in New York, France was elected to serve on the Human Rights Council for a term of three years, from January 1, 2014. It already served a term on the HRC from 2006 to 2011. France was elected directly, with 174 votes, by secret ballot by the majority of the member states of the UN General Assembly.

As part of its mandate, France is committed to ensuring the promotion and protection of all human rights. It will work with its partners to ensure that the HRC provides a strong response to human rights violations, as is currently the case in Syria, and to ensure that it provides assistance to the states that are experiencing a crisis situation or are in transition, including in particular Mali and the Central African Republic.

France will continue in particular to work toward the universal abolition of the death penalty and to combat forced disappearances throughout the world. It is also committed to playing a key role in the fight against all forms of discrimination, particularly against women and LGBTI persons.

As part of this commitment, Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will today receive Ms. Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

Maldives – Postponement of the second round of the presidential elections

France welcomes the high voter turnout among Maldivians during the first round of the presidential elections on November 9. It is however concerned to note the decision by the Supreme Court of the Maldives to delay the second round of the elections until November 16, after the deadline stipulated in the Constitution.

France urges all Maldivian political forces to avoid any delay in the democratic process and to allow the second round of the presidential elections to be held as swiftly as possible.