Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, December 4, 2013)

 

Mr. Thierry Repentin’s participation in the OSCE Ministerial Conference (Kiev, December 5, 2013)
Biological Weapons Convention (Paris, December 4 to 6, 2013)


Mr. Thierry Repentin’s participation in the OSCE Ministerial Conference (Kiev, December 5, 2013)

Mr. Thierry Repentin, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, will tomorrow participate in the annual Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) meeting of foreign ministers in Kiev.

France attaches great importance to the OSCE’s action in the field of human rights and to the fulfillment by each member state of their commitments in that area. This organization is the only forum that allows dialogue between the 56 participants on issues relating to security and human rights issues on the European continent.

During this visit, Mr. Thierry Repentin will meet with representatives of Ukrainian civil society.

 

Biological Weapons Convention (Paris, December 4 to 6, 2013)

The minister of foreign affairs will host in Paris, from December 4 to 6, a peer review of the implementation in France of the Biological Weapons Convention.

Around 10 experts – from Germany, Canada, China, the United States, India, Iraq, Morocco, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Switzerland – have been invited to take part in this transparency exercise, which will include presentations and visits to two sites (the Pasteur Institute and the National Laboratory for Animal Health in Maisons-Alfort). The goal of this meeting is to confirm the effectiveness of the implementation of the convention in France, enhance trust between the states parties and share best practices. 

This innovative peer review approach aims to signal our support for the Biological Weapons Convention, which is one of the main instruments in the fight against proliferation. France consistently supports the strengthening of all universal disarmament and non-proliferation instruments.