Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, June 3, 2014)

Commemoration ceremonies – Broadcasts
Formation of a Palestinian national unity government (June 2, 2014)

Commemoration ceremonies – Broadcasts

Contrary to information that may have been provided in error, we confirm that the international signal will be released free of charge to all foreign television channels.

It will be available to the International Press Center hub, the EBU and SERTE.

Satellite reception parameters can also be provided to all foreign channels on request.

Viewers from all over the world will therefore have full live access to all footage of the ceremonies on June 6.

Formation of a Palestinian national unity government (June 2, 2014)

The announcement of the formation of a Palestinian national unity government under the authority of President Abbas is the first step toward implementing the reconciliation agreement concluded on April 23. France is attached to the holding of legislative and presidential elections, in accordance with this agreement, throughout the Palestinian Territories.

France is ready to work with a Palestinian Authority government as long as it rejects the use of violence, is committed to the peace process and honors the agreements, which means recognizing Israel. France takes note of the assurances to that effect given by President Abbas and reaffirms its support for a reconciliation process that would build on this framework.

Putting an end to the division of the Palestinian Territories would be an important step toward achieving the two-state solution. Every effort must now be made by the parties to achieve this objective through the swift resumption of the peace negotiations.

Given that the Israeli prime minister is refusing to recognize this government that he’s describing as a Hamas government, I would like to know if you intend to contact him or his government in order to persuade him to change his attitude.

We would like the process of dialogue and discussion between the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to be able to continue and the peace process to be able to resume. The priority of our diplomacy in the Middle East is now to ensure the resumption of the peace process, and the return to the path of dialogue in order to obtain an agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.