Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 28, 2014)

 

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the Tunisian prime minister (Paris, April 28, 2014)
Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir to Brussels (April 28, 2014)
Central African Republic – Attack against the “Doctors Without Borders” medical facility (April 27, 2014)
Egypt – Death sentences
Syria

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the Tunisian prime minister (Paris, April 28, 2014)

On April 28, Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, who will be accompanied by several members of his government.

This meeting follows on from Mr. Fabius’s visit to Tunisia together with his German counterpart, during which he signaled our confidence in the transition process and our mobilization in support of the Tunisian authorities and people.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Jomaa will express our support for the Tunisian government’s efforts to address the political, economic and security challenges of the last phase of the democratic transition.


Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir to Brussels (April 28, 2014)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will conduct a working visit to Brussels today.

On this occasion, he will notably meet Mr. Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, and Mr. Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, before addressing the Bureau of this institution. He will review the key current issues facing Europe and the renewal of the European institutions.

Mr. Harlem Désir will also attend a working meeting at the Permanent Representation of France to the EU focusing on the European Neighborhood Instrument together with representatives of France’s cooperation network, before meeting with all personnel members based there.


Central African Republic – Attack against the “Doctors Without Borders” medical facility (April 27, 2014)

France strongly condemns the deadly attack carried out on April 27 against the “Doctors Without Borders” medical facility in Nanga Boguila (450 km north of Bangui). According to the latest reports, 22 people may have been killed, including local Central African Republic officials and employees of this NGO.

We express our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and to “Doctors Without Borders.” Its employees do incredible work, under difficult conditions and at great risk to their lives, in support of the people of the Central African Republic.

Those responsible for this intolerable attack must be held responsible for their actions.


Egypt – Death sentences

France is extremely concerned by reports that 683 new death sentences have been handed down by the court of first instance in Minya in Egypt. This verdict follows the confirmation of 37 similar sentences handed down on March 24.

Like the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy and the UN high commissioner for human rights, we again call on the Egyptian authorities to ensure that the defendants receive a fair trial that is based on an independent investigation and respects the rights of the defense, in accordance with international standards and the provisions of the Egyptian constitution.

France reaffirms its opposition to the death penalty.


Syria

The Syrian president is standing in the presidential elections. Your response?

As Mr. Laurent Fabius said, this candidacy, like this election, would be a tragic absurdity and parody. No legitimacy could come out of this phantom election in a devastated country.

Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the death of 150,000 people. Only a political solution and the establishment of a transitional government with full executive powers, in accordance with the Geneva statement of June 30, 2012, will make it possible to resolve the crisis.