Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, December 2, 2013)

French presidency of the UN Security Council (December 2013)
United States - Train derailment in New York (December 1, 2013)
Iran

French presidency of the UN Security Council (December 2013)

France assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council for one month on December 1. On this occasion, I stated that I wanted France to implement a program focused on 4 priorities.

Given the seriousness of the situation in the Central African Republic, which may implode, the international community should lend its immediate support to the African force (MISCA [AFISM-CAR]). We’re taking action to ensure that the Security Council adopts a resolution to that end in the next few days.

Syria remains at the heart of our concerns. Beyond its tireless efforts to find a political solution, France is mobilized to improve the situation of the people who have been suffering for too long. Security Council consultations, led by Ms. Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will take place next week in order to consider possible courses of action for responding to the humanitarian emergency. 

The murder of our two compatriots, RFI journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, reminded us of the risks facing those who keep us informed every day. Protecting the freedom to inform and be informed is essential. That’s why I wanted the Security Council to hold a meeting that will be open to civil society and the press on December 13 in order to raise the international community’s awareness of the issue of the protection of journalists.

Lastly, drug trafficking is a major cause of instability, notably in West Africa and the Sahel. In order to support the states of the region in the face of this scourge, I wanted France to host a debate at the Security Council on December 18 aimed at mobilizing the international community’s efforts to combat this phenomenon.

 

United States - Train derailment in New York (December 1, 2013)

We were shocked to learn of the train crash which killed 4 people and injured many others. 

In the face of this tragedy, France extends its condolences to the victims and their families, and expresses its wholehearted solidarity with them and with the American people during this difficult time.

 

Iran

Q - Can you confirm that a meeting on the nuclear issue between Iran and the 5+1 group at the political director/ deputy minister level will take place on December 9 and 10 in Vienna?

Following the conclusion of the Joint Plan of Action in Geneva on November 24, our goal is to ensure the swift implementation of the agreed measures.

We must clearly define these measures. This will be the goal of the next meeting of the Group of Six with Iran. We will also discuss it with the IAEA, which will be responsible for verifying the measures envisaged in the nuclear field.

The meeting with Iran should take place soon and should focus on largely technical issues. It’s not up to us to announce the date of the meeting.