Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 14, 2014)

Statement issued by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Peace process – Settlement activity
Nigeria – Enactment of a law against homosexuality


Statement issued by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

On this third anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, I extend my warmest wishes for success to Mr. Mehdi Jomaa, who has been tasked with forming a new government to lead the country toward free and transparent elections and thereby completing the transition.

Considerable progress has been made over the last few weeks toward the adoption of a new democratic Constitution that will guarantee fundamental freedoms. I welcome this progress, which reflects the spirit of responsibility and compromise that must prevail.

 

Peace process – Settlement activity

France lends its full support to the negotiations under way and to John Kerry’s efforts.

It hopes that the parties will refrain from any gesture likely to undermine the process under way.

France condemns the issuing by the Israeli authorities, on January 10, of invitations to tender for the construction of more than 1,800 homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, following the approval, on January 5, of the construction of new homes in the settlements of Ofra and Karnei Shomron (West Bank).

It reaffirms that settlement activity is illegal under international law, that it constitutes an obstacle to a just peace based on the two-State solution and fuels tensions on the ground. During his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories in November 2013, President Hollande called on the Israel authorities to bring a “complete and definitive halt to settlement activity.”

 

Nigeria – Enactment of a law against homosexuality

France expresses its deep concern at the enactment of a law in Nigeria strengthening the criminalization of homosexuality in the country.

In violation of the international commitments to which Nigeria has freely subscribed, this law restricts the freedom of association, assembly and expression and undermines the fundamental rights of LGBT persons.

Human rights, as recognized in the international texts, are universal. All individuals should be able to enjoy the same protection of these rights, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity. France reaffirms that the laws criminalizing homosexuality also expose LGBT persons and the defenders of their rights to violence and have a disastrous impact on public health.