Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, November 26, 2013)

 

Syria – Announcement of the holding of a peace conference
Central African Republic
Ethiopia – Signing of an agreement with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in support of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, November 26, 2013)
Thailand

Syria – Announcement of the holding of a peace conference

France welcomes the announcement by the UN Secretary-General of the holding of a peace conference on Syria in Geneva on January 22. This is an important step toward finding a political solution to the crisis. In order to participate in the conference, each of the parties – the regime and the opposition – must now form a single delegation.

As we reaffirmed at the meeting in London on October 29, the Syrian National Coalition should be at the heart and lead of the opposition delegation. The conference’s credibility is at stake.

In order to be able to put an end to the conflict that has been ravaging Syria for more than 2 years and restore the country’s unity and stability, the conference must lead to a genuine political transition. In accordance with the Geneva communiqué of June 30, 2012, this will involve establishing, by mutual consent, a transitional government exercising full executive powers, with control over the military, security and intelligence forces. This transitional government must be the only source of legitimacy and legality in Syria. Once it has been established, Bashar al-Assad should no longer have any role to play.

All parties involved in the crisis must be able to participate in the conference, provided that they have already agreed to the objective of a political transition based on the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of June 30, 2012, and are willing to work in good faith toward its implementation.

 

Central African Republic

France welcomes the appointment of General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko (Congo) as the AU Special Representative in the Central African Republic and Head of the African-led force currently deployed in the country (MISCA [AFISM-CAR]). This appointment was made by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Mr. Mokoko can count on France’s full support in the exercise of his responsibilities.

Once a new UN Security Council resolution has been adopted, the additional French forces that President Hollande announced would be deployed will coordinate very closely with the African force in order to help it carry out its mission.

 

Ethiopia – Signing of an agreement with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in support of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, November 26, 2013)

France will today sign in Addis Ababa a financing agreement amounting to €550,000 with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

This agreement provides for the funding of projects to support Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, notably in the Tigray region. The projects focus in particular on the protection of girls and unaccompanied minors, improving psychological support for the most vulnerable refugees and, in the wake of the Lampedusa tragedy, raising awareness of the risks associated with illegal immigration networks.
Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, recently confirmed our commitment in support of refugees to Mr. Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, who he received at the Quai d’Orsay on October 16.

 

Thailand

France is closely monitoring developments in the situation in Bangkok. Dialogue must prevail, in accordance with the rule of law and the democratic institutions.

Our embassy in Bangkok is mobilized to provide information in real time about developments in the situation to our compatriots living or staying in Bangkok. The fact sheet on Thailand on the “Travel Advisory” website is regularly updated.