Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, December 11, 2013)

Telephone conversation between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Vitali Klitschko, leader of the Ukrainian party, UDAR (December 11, 2013)
Central African Republic – The United States’ contribution to MISCA [AFISM-CAR]
Haiti - Publication of the electoral law (December 10, 2013)
Syria

Telephone conversation between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Vitali Klitschko, leader of the Ukrainian party, UDAR (December 11, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke today on the telephone with Mr. Vitali Klitschko, leader of the Ukrainian party, UDAR, which represents one of the main opposition forces in Ukraine. Mr. Vitali Klitschko was forced to postpone his visit to France due to the political situation in Ukraine.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Klitschko discussed developments in the Ukrainian situation and the measures to be taken in order to peacefully resolve the crisis. Mr. Laurent Fabius rejected any use of force and called on the parties to demonstrate restraint and engage in dialogue. He underscored France’s attachment to ensuring that the public authorities respect the freedom of opinion and expression.

France supports the efforts undertaken to reach a political solution. The minister of foreign affairs reaffirmed the importance that France attaches to the launch of a genuine reform process in Ukraine. For France, the signing of the association agreement between Ukraine and the EU remains a desirable and important prospect.

What’s your response to the assault launched by the Ukrainian police on Independence Square? Will Mr. Klitschko’s visit to Paris still go ahead? Riot police in Kiev used force against the civilian demonstrators last night. Several people were injured. What’s France’s response to this showdown in Ukraine between those who support the partnership with the EU and the government that is yielding under pressure from Russia?

Please refer to the statement that we’ve just made.

 

Central African Republic – The United States’ contribution to MISCA [AFISM-CAR]

France welcomes the decision by the American authorities to make a further financial contribution to the African force currently being deployed in the Central African Republic (MISCA [AFISM-CAR]). This support is notably in addition to the contribution amounting to €50 million announced by the EU.

This commitment constitutes major support for the efforts of the African states - with France’s support - to resolve the crisis and help the people of the CAR. It confirms the commitment of the United States, with which we have been working very closely since the start of the crisis, notably within the UN Security Council.

The international community’s mobilization is essential in order to allow MISCA to effectively carry out the missions conferred upon it under UNSCR 2127 (2013).

 

Haiti - Publication of the electoral law (December 10, 2013)

France welcomes the decision by Mr. Michel Martelly, President of the Republic of Haiti, to publish the electoral law recently adopted by the Parliament. This paves the way for the holding of the long-awaited senatorial and municipal elections.
This decision, which is necessary for the smooth functioning of the institutions and democratic life, will help to strengthen the rule of law.

 

Syria

Has France suspended its non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition in northern Syria following the seizure by Islamic Front combatants of bases belonging to the Free Syrian Army, or is it preparing to do so?

France delivers non-lethal military assistance to the Syrian National Coalition to protect the civilian populations.

This assistance is provided in coordination with our EU partners and in accordance with the rules laid down in the successive decisions taken by the Foreign Affairs Council.