Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, July 17, 2014)

 

Central African Republic – Appointment of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and head of MINUSCA (July 16, 2014)
Tunisia – Attack against the armed forces (July 16, 2014)
International Criminal Justice Day (July 17, 2014)

Central African Republic – Appointment of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and head of MINUSCA (July 16, 2014)

France welcomes the appointment of Babacar Gaye as UN Special Representative for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Mr. Gaye will be responsible for UN action on the ground to ensure the protection of civilians, ensure the stabilization of the country and help resolve the crisis. MINUSCA, which is already active on the ground in the civilian arena, will take over from the African Union force (MISCA) on September 15. Operation Sangaris and the European forces present in the Central African Republic will support it in the implementation of its mandate.

Mr. Gaye, whose action as head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) over the past year we commend, can count on France’s full support in carrying out his mission.


Tunisia – Attack against the armed forces (July 16, 2014)

France condemns the attack perpetrated on July 16 against the Tunisian armed forces on Mount Chaambi.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

France stands in solidarity with Tunisia in its fight against terrorism.


International Criminal Justice Day (July 17, 2014)

On the occasion of International Criminal Justice Day, which marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court, France reaffirms its commitment in support of international justice. International justice is one of the foundations of the fight against impunity, as well as of lasting peace.

France actively supported the establishment of an international criminal court, the only permanent court with universal jurisdiction competent to prosecute the alleged perpetrators of the most serious crimes – notably crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes.

Today, it encourages the states that are not yet parties to the Rome Statute to accede to it and to adapt their legislation, notably in order to fully cooperate with the court.