Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, June 10, 2014)

Syria – France’s initiative at the UN Human Rights Council
Pakistan – Attacks against Karachi airport
Mali – Adoption of the Algiers Declaration (June 9, 2014)
Kosovo – Parliamentary elections (June 8, 2014)


Syria – France’s initiative at the UN Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the opening of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council, France will host in Geneva today an exceptional event devoted to the tragic situation of those who have disappeared or are being detained in Syrian prisons.

Two international judges, Mr. Desmond de Silva and Professor David Crane, will present the “Caesar Report” which, on the basis of almost 55,000 photos, proves that 11,000 people were murdered after having been tortured or starved in prisons in the suburbs of Damascus. Professor Al Hadjé from the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances and victims of the Syrian regime will also express their views.

In the face of overwhelming evidence of the massive and systematic use of torture by the Syrian regime to terrorize an entire people - which constitutes a crime against humanity -, France, in line with its initiative calling for the Security Council to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court, is continuing to mobilize its efforts to combat impunity in Syria.


Pakistan – Attacks against Karachi airport

France strongly condemns the attacks that targeted Karachi airport during the night of June 8 to 9 and then again on June 10.
It extends its condolences to the victims’ families and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
France reaffirms its solidarity with the Pakistani authorities and people in the fight against terrorism.

Mali – Adoption of the Algiers Declaration (June 9, 2014)

France welcomes the adoption of the Algiers Declaration on June 9 by the armed groups that are signatories to the Ouagadougou agreement. This is an important first step forward in terms of the commitment of these groups to work toward consolidating the ceasefire of May 23 and initiating negotiations with the Malian government.

We pay tribute to the efforts made by Algeria, at Mali’s request, to organize informal discussions with the armed movements in order to establish a common platform to express their demands. These discussions will facilitate the inter-Malian negotiation process, while respecting Mali’s territorial integrity and the principles agreed upon in the Ouagadougou agreement.

We encourage Algeria to continue its efforts in coordination with the regional and international actors, and notably with the UN.

France calls on the Malian authorities and the armed groups to initiate, as swiftly as possible, the negotiation process that should lead to a comprehensive and final agreement.

Kosovo – Parliamentary elections (June 8, 2014)

France welcomes the smooth conduct of the parliamentary elections that were held throughout Kosovo on Sunday, June 8. According to the international observers, including those from the EU, these elections were conducted in a calm and orderly manner and no significant irregularities were reported. The Kosovo institutions and citizens can take credit for this progress

We thank the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for its involvement in the organization of these elections. The high voter turnout, including among the Serbian community, notably in the northern part of Kosovo, should encourage Belgrade and Pristina to continue efforts to normalize their relations.

France hopes that the next government will be formed as swiftly as possible and that it will respond to the expectations formulated by the population during these elections, in particular with respect to strengthening the rule of law and economic development.