Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 23, 2014)

 

Syria – United Nations (May 22, 2014)
Gabon – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the New York Forum Africa (May 23, 2014)
Nigeria – Inclusion of Boko Haram on the UN sanctions list (May 22, 2014)

Syria – United Nations (May 22, 2014)

Although the resolution presented by France referring the situation to the ICC was co-sponsored by 65 states, publicly supported by 100 NGOs and approved by 13 UN Security Council member states, it was vetoed by Russia and China. These vetoes further demonstrate the importance - as France has proposed - of guidelines governing the use of vetoes in the case of mass atrocities.

France remains mobilized, at the Human Rights Council, as well as at the UN General Assembly where an event dedicated to starvation as a method of warfare will take place on June 4 in order to denounce the crimes committed in Syria and to fight against impunity.

It supports the efforts of the Syrian National Coalition which demonstrated its support for this resolution and its attachment to a democratic Syria that will respect human rights and the rule of law.


Gabon – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the New York Forum Africa (May 23, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today attend the New York Forum Africa in Libreville.

On this occasion, the minister will have discussions with various African and international actors on the development and economic growth of the African continent. As President Hollande indicated at the Elysée Summit on December 6, 2013, Africa is a continent of the future, with which France intends to increase trade in all areas.

In Libreville, Mr. Laurent Fabius will attend the citizens’ summit, during which he will talk about the prospects that are opening up for African youth in particular. He will also meet with President Bongo, notably in order to discuss the situation in the Central African Republic, maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and the fight against climate change. The minister’s program also includes other bilateral meetings with several heads of state from the region.


Nigeria – Inclusion of Boko Haram on the UN sanctions list (May 22, 2014)

France welcomes the inclusion of Boko Haram on the UN terrorism-related sanctions list. This decision will make it possible to hamper the capabilities of this terrorist organization thanks to the immediate freezing by all UN members of its financial assets and economic resources, as well through an arms embargo.

The Nigerian authorities requested that the organization be included in the list. This was one of the main conclusions of the Paris summit dedicated to security in Nigeria on May 17. It reflects the international community’s increasing mobilization against the atrocities perpetrated by Boko Haram.