Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, June 17, 2014)

 

Central African Republic - EUFOR RCA operation – Declaration of full operational capability (June 15, 2014)
Israel/ Palestinian Territories
Colombia – Re-election of President Juan Manuel Santos (June 15, 2014)


Central African Republic - EUFOR RCA operation – Declaration of full operational capability (June 15, 2014)

France welcomes the successful deployment of the forces of the EU military operation in the Central African Republic, EUFOR RCA. This marks another step forward in the EU’s commitment to stabilizing the country and protecting the civilian populations.

Having reached its full operational capacity on June 15, the EU force now includes 700 soldiers and gendarmes from France, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

In addition to the protection of Bangui airport, EUFOR RCA will now ensure security in the 3rd and 5th districts of Bangui, in support EUFOR-RCA EUFOR-RCA EUFOR-RCA EUFOR-RCA EUFOR RCA EUFOR RCA of the African Union’s MISCA forces and alongside Operation Sangaris.



Israel/ Palestinian Territories

I condemn the kidnapping in the West Bank of three young Israelis and share the concern of the families and the Israeli authorities. I call for their immediate release. Everything must be done to achieve that goal.

France is especially concerned at the upsurge in violence in recent days in the West Bank and in Gaza. We condemn the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli territory. The truce agreed upon in 2012 must be respected.

We deplore the death of a child on Saturday in Gaza following an air raid and the death of a young Palestinian on Monday near Ramallah. France calls for efforts to avoid further casualties and the risk of an escalation of violence.


Colombia – Re-election of President Juan Manuel Santos (June 15, 2014)

France congratulates Juan Manuel Santos on his re-election as President of the Republic of Colombia and wishes him success in discharging the duties of his high office.

In particular, it wishes the president-elect every success in continuing the peace negotiations.