Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, July 2, 2014)

 

Israel/ Palestinian Territories – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Ukraine – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Berlin (July 2, 2014)
Fight against climate change - Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Svalbard (July 3 to 4, 2014)


Israel/ Palestinian Territories – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

I wish to express my horror at the murder of a young Palestinian kidnapped in East Jerusalem.

I extend my sincere condolences to his family.

The perpetrators of this crime must be identified and brought to justice.


Ukraine – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Berlin (July 2, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will travel to Berlin today to discuss with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts – in conjunction with the German minister of foreign affairs - ways of finding a political solution to the Ukrainian crisis.

France is mobilized, together with Germany, to find a negotiated solution to the crisis.

Mr. Fabius will notably reaffirm the need for the resumption of the ceasefire and the negotiations between the parties, as well as the release of all hostages.

France’s minister of foreign affairs will participate in a quadrilateral meeting in Berlin. What is France’s position on re-establishing the truce in Ukraine? With respect to the Ukrainian crisis, what are the points on which there should be some progress today? Will it be possible to address some of these issues before new European sanctions are imposed?

Please refer to the statement that we’ve just made with respect to Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Berlin.

The Ukrainian authorities have resumed their operations against the terrorists. What is France’s response to the events in the eastern part of Ukraine?

France strongly deplores the loss of life in recent days and calls for the cessation of violence. It extends its condolences to all the families of those who died.

We are fully mobilized, together with our partners, to facilitate a de-escalation and encourage a solution that will lead to a lasting ceasefire, allow Ukraine to retake control of its borders and allow all hostages to be released. President Hollande and Chancellor Merkel met on June 30 with President Poroshenko and President Putin. The minister and his German counterpart have spoken with the Russian and Ukrainian ministers of foreign affairs several times over the last few hours.

These intensive diplomatic contacts are continuing today in Berlin, where Mr. Laurent Fabius is visiting.

What can you say regarding the statements made yesterday in Moscow at the ambassadors’ conference by President Vladimir Putin with respect to Ukraine, France, the USA and gas?

It’s not for us to comment on the Russian president’s statements.


Fight against climate change - Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Svalbard (July 3 to 4, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will travel to Svalbard from July 3 to 4, 2014, at the invitation of his Norwegian counterpart, Mr. Borge Brende. This Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean is an emblematic location in the fight against climate change.

In preparation for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the two ministers will review our cooperation with respect to the fight against climate change. This visit will provide an opportunity for Mr. Laurent Fabius to visit the French-German Polar Research Station on the island of Spitsbergen and to take stock of French research in the Arctic.

The ministers will also discuss key international issues, including the situation in Ukraine and the crises in the Middle East, as well as the development of our bilateral exchanges, notably in the economic and scientific fields.