Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 24, 2014)

Kosovo – Establishment of a special court (April 23, 2014)
South Sudan

Kosovo – Establishment of a special court (April 23, 2014)

France welcomes the Kosovo Parliament’s decision allowing the mandate of the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) to be extended and a Kosovo special court to be established. This court is being established in response to the Council of Europe’s Marty report which, in 2011, implicated Kosovo’s political leaders.

With this decision, Kosovo agrees to embark on a legal process that will make it possible to respond in a credible and impartial way to serious allegations. This Kosovo court will enjoy the support of the EU and international judges. It will be tasked with investigating acts committed by individuals – and not with judging a people or the collective efforts toward liberation.


In this way, Kosovo shows that it is ready to close the painful chapter of the war, to contribute to regional reconciliation and to demonstrate its attachment to European values.

South Sudan

Can you comment on the sanctions against South Sudan?

France reaffirms its condemnation of the atrocities committed in South Sudan, in a camp belonging to the UN mission in Bor and in the city of Bentiu.


France supports all initiatives by the international community to put an end to the mass atrocities perpetrated since the conflict erupted in South Sudan on December 15. The United States indicated that it plans to propose individual sanctions against those who prevent the cessation of hostilities or obstruct efforts to find a political solution to the crisis, notably by committing atrocities. France will support this proposal.


In addition, France reaffirms that all those responsible for violations of human rights and international humanitarian law must be held accountable, where appropriate, before the
international criminal courts.