Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, November 29, 2013)



Signing of a new framework partnership agreement by France and the World Health Organization (Paris, Dec. 2)

Syria – Attack on the Russian Embassy (Damascus, Nov. 28)
Egypt – Arrest of demonstrators
African Union - presentation of border archives (Addis Ababa, Nov. 29)

Signing of a new framework partnership agreement by France and the World Health Organization (Paris, Dec. 2)

On December 2, Foreign Minister Fabius will welcome Director-General Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization to discuss the principal health issues demanding an international response.

Their meeting will be followed by the signing of a new partnership framework agreement by France and the WHO (Mr. Fabius and Marisol Touraine will be signing on behalf of France). This agreement defines the priorities of our cooperation for 2014-2019: health security, thanks in particular to the International Health Regulations, which constitute a benchmark; the role of health in the post-2015 development agenda; action on risk factors, particularly with respect to chronic diseases and environmental health determinants; and the strengthening of health care systems, with progress toward universal health coverage.


Syria – Attack on the Russian Embassy (Damascus, Nov. 28)


France condemns the mortar strike on the Russian Embassy in Damascus on November 28, which killed one person and injured nine others.

We offer our condolences to the victim’s family and our sympathy to the injured.

France reiterates that diplomatic staff and facilities are protected by international law.

Egypt – Arrest of demonstrators


We have learned of arrests made in recent days by security forces under the new protest law adopted on November 14.

France shares the concerns of the UN Secretary-General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights with regard to this law. We call on the Egyptian authorities to abide by their commitments to civil liberties, particularly the freedom to demonstrate peacefully in a manner that respects public safety, in accordance with the road map and Egypt’s international commitments in this area.

France reaffirms its full support for the transition process under way in Egypt with a view to establishing elected democratic institutions in that country in accordance with the announced timetable.

African Union - presentation of border archives (Addis Ababa, Nov. 29)

Today in Addis Ababa, France is presenting the African Union with digitized copies of French archives relating to African borders. These documents concern 45 treaties and maps of countries in West, North and East Africa during the period of 1845-1956.

In so doing, we want to show our support for the program launched by the African Union in 2007 aimed at facilitating the delimitation and demarcation of African borders and encouraging cross-border cooperation.

France is strongly committed to the consolidation of African borders in order to contribute to the continent’s peace, security and development.