Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, December 16, 2013)

Mr. Pascal Canfin’s participation in a round-table discussion on universal healthcare coverage and development (December 16, 2013)
Lebanon - Attacks against the Lebanese armed forces
CAR - Firing of three ministers (December 16, 2013)

Mr. Pascal Canfin’s participation in a round-table discussion on universal healthcare coverage and development (December 16, 2013)

Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development will today participate in a round-table discussion entitled “Universal healthcare coverage: what are the challenges for development?” organized by Le Monde diplomatique newspaper, in partnership with the NGOs, Oxfam and Global Health Advocates, and with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Almost a billion people around the world do not currently have access to health services; 100 million people slip into poverty every year as a result of healthcare expenditure. Since it helps to reduce poverty and ensure the sustainability of healthcare systems, universal healthcare coverage aims to ensure that all people have access to essential quality health services, without discrimination and without the risk of impoverishment. It should be fully incorporated in the post-2015 development agenda.

One year on from the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution on universal healthcare coverage, France is continuing to endorse this objective as an important response to the challenges in global health.

 

Lebanon - Attacks against the Lebanese armed forces

France condemns the fresh attacks perpetrated on December 15 against the Lebanese armed forces on the outskirts of Sidon, which left one soldier dead and several others injured. It extends its condolences to the victim’s family and expresses its solidarity with the injured.

France reaffirms its commitment to the stability of Lebanon and calls on all Lebanese people to make efforts to prevent an escalation of violence and to preserve national unity, in accordance with the Baabda Declaration. We renew our support for the efforts being made to that end, under the authority of President Suleiman.

We express our support for the Lebanese armed forces - a key pillar of security for the Lebanese people - which are courageously working to maintain Lebanon’s stability.

 

CAR - Firing of three ministers (December 16, 2013)

France is concerned at the firing of three ministers, as well as the head of the Treasury Department, announced yesterday by Michel Djotodia, without the countersignature of Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye. This action, which goes against the constitutional charter for the transition and the Libreville agreements, is likely to further exacerbate instability in the Central African Republic.

The framework for the transition, and notably the prime minister's prerogatives, must be respected.

France reaffirms that UNSCR 2127 paves the way for sanctions against those people who violate the transitional arrangements or whose action may serve to threaten or impede the political process.