Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, February 19, 2014)

Libya – Meeting between Mr. Fabius and Mr. Zeidan (February 18, 2014)
Lebanon – Attack in the southern suburbs of Beirut (February 19, 2014)
South Sudan – Fighting in Upper Nile state
Vietnam – Blogger Le Quoc Quan’s prison sentence upheld on appeal (February 18, 2014)


Libya – Meeting between Mr. Fabius and Mr. Zeidan (February 18, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met yesterday evening with Mr. Ali Zeidan, Prime Minister of Libya, to reaffirm France’s support for the transition and its institutions. He reaffirmed to him our attachment to the respect for the democratic legitimacy resulting from the elections of July 7, 2012.

With due respect for the memory of all those who fell in the cause of the revolution on February 17, France calls on all Libyans to reject the use of violence and to work together to complete the political transition, in a spirit of dialogue and compromise, and in accordance with democratic principles.

We commend the efforts of the UN mission and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Mr. Tarek Mitri, to bring the political actors together around a common purpose.

France, which has supported the democratic aspirations of the Libyan people since the start of the revolution, is mobilized alongside Libya.

 

Lebanon – Attack in the southern suburbs of Beirut (February 19, 2014)

France condemns this morning’s attack in the southern suburbs of Beirut, close to the Iranian cultural center, which, according to the latest reports, has left 4 people dead and more than 100 injured.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and call on the Lebanese authorities to shed full light on this terrorist act.

France reaffirms its full support for Lebanon and its institutions, which are the guarantors of the country’s stability and integrity.

While an agreement has allowed Lebanon to establish a government in the national interest that is determined to make security one of its priorities, France calls on all parties to unite and to make efforts to respond to the attempts to destabilize the country.

 

South Sudan – Fighting in Upper Nile state

France condemns the resumption of fighting on February 18 in the city of Malakal, capital of Upper Nile state in South Sudan.

It urges the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to implement without delay and in their entirety the ceasefire agreement and the agreement on the status of detainees of January 23. The political talks initiated on February 11 in Addis Ababa, under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, must continue in order to achieve a lasting solution to this conflict.

France is deeply concerned about all of the human rights violations and the humanitarian disaster affecting South Sudan since December 15. It calls for efforts to ensure the protection of the civilian populations and guarantee humanitarian access.

 

Vietnam – Blogger Le Quoc Quan’s prison sentence upheld on appeal (February 18, 2014)

France is concerned by the appeal court decision to uphold the sentence of Vietnamese lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan, who was sentenced in first instance on October 2, 2013, by the Hanoi People's Court to a 30-month prison term for tax evasion.

France reaffirms its attachment to the freedom of expression and opinion, including on the Internet, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also reaffirms that these rights and freedoms are guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Vietnam is a state party, and calls on the Vietnamese authorities to ensure compliance with it.