Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, August 18, 2014)

Islamic State – UN Security Council Resolution
Mali – Death of two Burkinabe AFISMA soldiers
Libya


Islamic State – UN Security Council Resolution

France welcomes the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2170 on August 15.

This resolution, which we and our partners have been advocating for weeks, sends a strong political message from the international community.

Reflecting the Security Council’s unanimous stance on the threat to international peace and security posed by groups such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State, it condemns terrorist acts and abuses such as those committed by these groups in Syria and Iraq; condemns trade with these groups, notably in the area of oil, that allows them to fund their operations; calls on states to take the necessary measures, including the freezing of assets, to suppress the flow of foreign fighters; and places sanctions on six individuals linked to Al Qaeda and directly involved in the recruitment of these fighters.

France reiterates its full support for Iraq in its fight against terrorism and underscores the importance of an inclusive political solution that respects all communities. It is vital for the new Prime Minister, Mr. al-Abadi, to form a government that meets this objective as swiftly as possible


Mali – Death of two Burkinabe AFISMA soldiers

France condemns this attack and offers its condolences to the Burkinabe authorities and to the families of the soldiers killed in Ber on August 16.

We applaud the United Nations mission to stabilize Mali, and the commitment of its participating countries.

France, which stands firmly behind the Malian authorities and its partners in the Sahel, remains fully committed to the effort to stabilize Mali.


Libya

Any comment on rumors of French and Italian airstrikes in Libya?

Rumors of airstrikes in Libya, in which France was said to have participated, are unfounded.

France’s priority is to obtain a political agreement ending the fighting in Tripoli, Benghazi and throughout Libya. We support the UNSMIL-led mediation effort on the ground and call on all stakeholders to participate.