Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, September 29, 2014)

 

United Arab Emirates – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Mr. Harlem Désir’s visit to Slovakia (September 29 to 30, 2014)
Japan – Volcanic eruption (September 27, 2014)
Guinea-Bissau – Land mine explosion (September 27, 2014)
South Sudan – Concerns about the risk of famine (September 29, 2014)
Geneva – Outcome of the 27th session of the Human Rights Council (September 27, 2014)


United Arab Emirates – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

France and the United Arab Emirates enjoy an exceptional partnership, characterized by increasingly intense political, economic, cultural and military exchanges.

In order to further strengthen the economic dimension of this partnership, I have decided to appoint Ms. Anne-Marie Idrac, former Minister, as Special Representative for Trade with the United Arab Emirates.

Within the framework of the existing strategic partnership between our two countries, Ms. Idrac will be responsible for helping to boost French exports and investment in the United Arab Emirates, encouraging UAE investment in France and contributing to joint development projects that we would like to implement in third countries.


Mr. Harlem Désir’s visit to Slovakia (September 29 to 30, 2014)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will travel to Bratislava today to participate in a meeting of the environment ministers of the Visegrad Group (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia), Germany, Bulgaria and Romania. The purpose of this meeting is to prepare for the European Council from October 23 to 24 which will set the EU’s 2030 goals for reducing greenhouse emissions.

Mr. Harlem Désir will also have a meeting with his Slovak counterpart, Mr. Peter Javorcik, in order to review preparations for the summit on growth and employment scheduled to take place on October 8. They will also discuss boosting investment to generate jobs in Europe and the implementation of the French-Slovak strategic partnership action plan signed during President Hollande’s visit to Bratislava in October 2013.


Japan – Volcanic eruption (September 27, 2014)

We were extremely saddened to learn of the tragic toll exacted by the eruption of Mount Ontake on September 27.

France expresses its condolences to the victims’ families.

In these painful circumstances, we stand alongside the Japanese authorities and people.


Guinea-Bissau – Land mine explosion (September 27, 2014)

France regrets the death of 21 people in the north of the country on September 27 following the explosion that took place when a minibus struck a land mine.

France extends its condolences to the victims’ families as well as the Guinea-Bissau authorities.


South Sudan – Concerns about the risk of famine (September 29, 2014)

France expresses its deep concern at the risk of famine as a result of the armed conflict in South Sudan. This risk poses a direct threat to two million people, including more than 50,000 children, according to the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The parties to the conflict must authorize unrestricted access to all populations food aid can be distributed, in accordance with humanitarian law.

France reaffirms its willingness to adopt at the UN Security Council restrictive measures against those who stand in the way of efforts to find a peaceful solution to this conflict.


Geneva – Outcome of the 27th session of the Human Rights Council (September 27, 2014)

France welcomes the results of the 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

France secured the adoption of a new resolution denouncing the tragic human rights situation in Syria, which condemns the crimes perpetrated by Daesh and reaffirms the Syrian regime’s responsibility for the serious violations committed in Syria.

The Human Rights Council notably adopted a resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, confirming its commitment to promoting mutual respect and the fight against all forms of violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons.

France also took the initiative in tabling resolutions relating to the protection of journalists and the protection of persons from enforced disappearances.

Other resolutions were adopted, notably on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic, making it possible to renew the mandate of the United Nations independent expert.

Texts were also adopted to renew the efforts of experts from the Human Rights Council and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen.