Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, August 7, 2014)

Iraq – Statement by Laurent Fabius (August 7)
Cambodia - Verdict in the trial of two Khmer Rouge leaders (August 7)
Russia
Gaza
Georgia

Iraq – Statement by Laurent Fabius (August 7)

France is very deeply concerned by ISIS’s latest advances in northern Iraq; by the capture of Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian city; and by the intolerable brutalities being committed.

Given of the gravity of this situation, in which civilians and religious minorities are the leading victims, France requests an emergency Security Council meeting so that the international community can mobilize to fight the terrorist threat in Iraq and provide aid and protection to threatened populations.

 

Cambodia - Verdict in the trial of two Khmer Rouge leaders (August 7)

Nuon Chea, the former number-two of the Khmer Rouge regime, and Khieu Samphan, the former head of state, have just been found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment.

This ruling ends a long wait for the families of the victims and the Cambodian people, and represents a new step forward on the path to justice and the fight against impunity.

We welcome the work conducted by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, which observed the highest standards of legality and the rule of law, and invite them to pursue their mission in a timely fashion.

France supported this court from the beginning, particularly in a financial sense, providing it with a total of $8.2 million. We will continue to provide support for both the court and the civil parties representing the victims, who participated actively throughout the trial—a first in the history of international criminal justice.

 

Russia

Q - I would like to hear your response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order, announced on Wednesday, banning or restricting imports of agrifood products for one year from countries that have instituted economic sanctions on Russia (notably France).

This is a general announcement whose terms have yet to be specified. We are following this question closely, as are our European partners.

The measures taken by European Union member states vis-à-vis Russia are aimed at promoting a deescalation in southeastern Ukraine. We are waiting for Russia to take concrete actions fostering a peaceful settlement to this crisis.

 

Gaza

Q - What are the new elements being proposed in Europe to find a solution to Gaza? How is France involved?

France welcomes the truce that has been in effect in Gaza since Tuesday. It calls on the parties to do everything in their power to ensure that the negotiations led by Egypt swiftly lead to a lasting cease-fire. It stands ready to contribute to the arrangements that may exist under such an agreement.
We confirm that, together with our European partners, notably the Germans and British, and in keeping with our support for the current negotiation efforts, we propose to reactivate and expand the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Gaza.

Beyond the cease-fire, only a resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians can lead to a just and lasting solution to the conflict, establishing two states living side by side in peace and security. All efforts by the parties and the international community must focus on this goal.

 

Georgia

Q - What can you tell us about the two French women who are being prevented from leaving Georgia because of their possession of Dafalgan, a medication that’s reportedly banned in that country?

Our Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, is in close touch with them and their loved ones. It has provided all possible consular assistance, within the limits of what they want and in respect of Georgian law. In particular, it is staying informed of how the proceedings are unfolding, and we hope they will soon draw to a close.

As a reminder, the “travel advisory” section of the Foreign Ministry site specifies that Georgian law bans certain medications, notably opiates, some of which are available by prescription in France.