Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 21, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting (Brussels, January 20, 2014)
Lebanon – Attack in a southern suburb of Beirut (Haret Hreik)


Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting (Brussels, January 20, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting yesterday in Brussels. The meeting notably allowed decisions to be made on the following issues:

- Central African Republic: The Council agreed on the principle of an EU military operation in the Central African Republic. For a period of 4 to 6 months, it will take responsibility for missions in Bangui, including the mission to ensure the airport’s security, in support of the African force and Operation Sangaris. Our European partners will shortly announce details of their contribution to this force, reflecting the EU’s commitment to resolving the crisis;

Iran: The member states adopted the decision and the regulation suspending certain sanctions against Iran, for a period of 6 months, in accordance with the provisions of the interim agreement signed in Geneva in November;

Syria: The ministers adopted conclusions reaffirming their attachment to the Geneva II conference. They welcomed the courageous decision by the Syrian National Coalition to attend the conference. The ministers reaffirmed that all participating states must accept the principles laid down at the first Geneva conference. The EU reaffirmed the importance of maintaining a strong humanitarian commitment to the entire Syrian population;

- Ukraine: The ministers adopted conclusions expressing their concern about developments in the political situation in Ukraine;

- Russia: The ministers discussed preparations for the EU-Russia summit on January 28 and ways to revitalize relations between the EU and this key partner.


Lebanon – Attack in a southern suburb of Beirut (Haret Hreik)

France condemns the attack that took place in Beirut's southern suburb of Haret Hreik which, according to provisional reports, has left at least 4 people dead.

It extends its condolences to the victims’ families and calls on the Lebanese authorities to shed full light on this terrorist act.

France condemns this further attempt to undermine Lebanon’s stability and increase tensions. It reaffirms its support for the institutions of the Republic of Lebanon led by President Michel Suleiman, in their efforts to ensure the country’s security and preserve national unity. It calls on all parties to work toward ensuring Lebanon’s stability and to not allow themselves to be drawn into the cycle of violence.