Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, June 24, 2014)

Israel – Palestinian Territories
NATO – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the ministerial meeting in Brussels (June 24, 2014)
Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Serbia - Donors’ conference following the floods in May (Brussels, July 16, 2014)
Anti-personnel landmines - Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention, (Maputo, June 23 to 27, 2014)
Sudan – Release of Meriam Ibrahim Ishag (June 23, 2014)


Israel – Palestinian Territories

I strongly deplore the incidents that led to the death of two young Palestinians in the West Bank on June 22 in the context of the operations launched following the unacceptable kidnapping of three young Israelis. These Israelis must be immediately and unconditionally released.

The increase in these acts of violence is especially troubling. The Israeli authorities must ensure respect for international law with regard to the proportionate use of force and demonstrate restraint in order to avoid any further casualties.


NATO – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the ministerial meeting in Brussels (June 24, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today participate in the NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the Ukrainian crisis as well as the situation in Iraq. The ministers will also review preparations for the summit of NATO heads of state and government, which will take place on September 4 and 5 in Newport (United Kingdom).

On the sidelines of this meeting, the minister will have bilateral meetings with several of his foreign counterparts, notably his German, American, British and Italian counterparts.


Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Serbia - Donors’ conference following the floods in May (Brussels, July 16, 2014)

France has taken the initiative, together with Slovenia and the EU, to organize a donors’ conference in order to help Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia to address the problems caused by the unprecedented floods in May.

This ministerial-level conference will take place in Brussels on July 16. It will be preceded by a meeting of senior officials on July 8 in Paris, during which the damage and needs of the two countries will be assessed.

A large number of participants are expected, including the EU member states, the Western Balkan countries, the key donor states, the major financial institutions and the UN.


Anti-personnel landmines - Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention, (Maputo, June 23 to 27, 2014)

As Mozambique hosts the third Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention Banning Anti-Personnel Landmines this week, France reaffirms its commitment to eliminating these weapons.

France is very attached to the universalization of the convention and welcomes the announcement of the decision by the Sultanate of Oman to join the convention; Oman will soon become the 162nd state party.

On the sidelines of the conference, and in collaboration with Benin and Japan, France will host an event aimed at promoting the action of the Mine Clearance and Decontamination Training Center in Ouidah (Benin). We are involved in funding this center which has trained more than 1,300 mine-clearing experts from 28 African countries. France provides significant funding every year for mine clearance training in order to strengthen the technical capabilities of the states affected and help develop autonomous national expertise. It also subsidizes, through the French Development Agency, NGO programs aimed in particular at providing assistance to victims and supporting their social reintegration.


Sudan – Release of Meriam Ibrahim Ishag (June 23, 2014)

France welcomes the decision by the appeal court in Khartoum to release Meriam Ibrahim Ishag and overturn her death sentence for apostasy and adultery handed down on May 15 by a trial court.

We reaffirm our opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. We will continue to closely follow Meriam Ibrahim Ishag’s situation.

France calls on Sudan to guarantee fundamental freedoms – notably the freedom of religion or belief – in accordance with its Interim Constitution of 2005 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.