Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 2, 2014)

Ms. Annick Girardin’s participation in the “Abu Dhabi Ascent” seminar (May 4, 2014)
Iraq – Parliamentary elections (April 30, 2014)
Syria – Air raid on Aleppo (April 30, 2014)
Central African Republic – Deployment of the EU force (EUFOR-RCA) to Bangui
Appointment of Ms. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, as UN Special Envoy for the Sahel (May 1, 2014)
Nigeria – Attack on the outskirts of Abuja (May 1, 2014)


Ms. Annick Girardin’s participation in the “Abu Dhabi Ascent” seminar (May 4, 2014)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will travel to the United Arab Emirates on May 4 to participate in the “Abu Dhabi Ascent” seminar. This ministerial meeting, convened by the UN secretary-general, is aimed at preparing for the Climate Summit that he is hosting in September 2014.

During this visit, Ms. Girardin will met with the UN secretary-general, Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as the French businesses and regional and local authorities participating in this event.

The September 2014 summit should allow the heads of state and government to give impetus to the negotiations on the framework convention, in preparation for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. It should also launch a series of initiatives aimed at mobilizing the international community, businesses and regional and local authorities to take concrete action to reduce greenhouse gases. Indeed, immediate action is needed in order to limit climate change and to conclude in Paris, a new international legally binding agreement.


Iraq – Parliamentary elections (April 30, 2014)

On the occasion of the parliamentary elections in Iraq, France commends the determination of the Iraqi voters, who, despite the terrorist threat, turned out in large numbers to express their desire to see Iraq make progress on the path towards democracy and peace. France also welcomes the fact that the ballot took place within the timeframe laid down by the constitution and following an open political campaign.

France hopes that the final results will be released shortly, in accordance with the constitutional procedures, and that a government legitimized by universal suffrage can be formed. It calls on all Iraqi political forces to work to that end, in order to respond to the political and economic challenges facing Iraq.

Do you have any comment about the conduct of the elections in Iraq?

With respect to the elections in Iraq, please refer to the statement that we’ve just made.


Syria – Air raid on Aleppo (April 30, 2014)

France condemns the air raid carried out by the Syrian regime on April 30, which killed at least 18 people, the majority of whom were students from a school in the Ansari quarter of Aleppo.

This heinous crime reflects the regime’s pursuit of a policy of terror against civilians, in violation of international law and international humanitarian law and in total contradiction with resolution 2139, unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council.

France reaffirms the need for the matter to be referred to the International Criminal Court so that all those who have committed mass crimes in Syria can be brought to justice.

Do you have any news about the allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and do you think it’s possible that some chemical weapons remain unaccounted for in this country which may have escaped inspection by the disarmament agencies (OPCW)?

As OPCW's Director-General indicated at the Executive Board meeting on April 29, an OPCW mission will be sent to Syria to gather information on the allegations of the use of chlorine gas in several locations around the village of Kfar Zeita, in Hama province, 200 km north of Damascus.

These allegations reaffirm that the chemical threat will remain until the goal of complete, rapid and verified dismantlement has been achieved.

The deadline of April 27 set by the Syrian regime itself for the removal of all chemical agents from Syria has not been met. We demand that the remaining chemicals be removed as swiftly as possible.


Central African Republic – Deployment of the EU force (EUFOR-RCA) to Bangui

France welcomes the operational deployment to Bangui of the EU force in the Central African Republic. The handing over of the Sangaris operation to ensure the security of Bangui airport is a concrete sign of the action by European troops, whose numbers will continue to increase over the next few weeks.

The presence of European soldiers in Bangui will allow the African and French forces to strengthen their deployment in the rest of the country in order to protect the civilian populations and ensure the stabilization of the Central African Republic.


Appointment of Ms. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, as UN Special Envoy for the Sahel (May 1, 2014)

France welcomes the appointment of Ms. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, as UN Special Envoy for the Sahel.

Hiroute Guebre Sellassie will be tasked with coordinating the action of all UN actors to address the challenges in the Sahel (humanitarian, development, governance, and security) with all countries in the region and the international partners concerned, including the EU. This appointment will allow us to give new impetus to the implementation of the UN’s strategy for the Sahel, adopted a year ago.

We wish Ms. Guebre Sellassie every success; she will be able to count on France’s support.


Nigeria – Attack on the outskirts of Abuja (May 1, 2014)

France condemns the attack carried out yesterday against the station in Nyanya, on the outskirts of Abuja. According to the latest reports, 16 people were killed and many others injured.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones.

France reaffirms its solidarity with the Nigerian authorities in their fight against terrorism.