Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, October 13, 2014)

Czech Republic – Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir to Prague (October 13, 2014)
Egypt – Road traffic accident (October 13, 2014)
Agence France Presse - Bayeux-Calvados award for war correspondents (October 11, 2014)
International Conference for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip
Bolivia


Czech Republic – Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir to Prague (October 13, 2014)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today visit Prague in order to meet with his Czech counterpart, Mr. Tomas Prouza. He will also be received by Mr. Lubomir Zaoralek, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Désir will discuss with his interlocutors the key European issues, notably the relaunching of investment and climate and energy issues in the run-up to the European Council meeting on October 23 and 24.

This visit will also provide an opportunity for Mr. Désir to meet with representatives of our business community in the Czech Republic and to review the strengthening of our bilateral trade.


Egypt – Road traffic accident (October 13, 2014)

A road traffic accident killed 30 people and injured many others in Upper Egypt this morning.

France extends its wholehearted condolences to the victims’ families.

In these painful circumstances, it assures the Egyptian authorities and people of its solidarity.


Agence France Presse - Bayeux-Calvados award for war correspondents (October 11, 2014)

We warmly congratulate Mr. Mohammed Al-Shaikh and Bulent Kilic, Agence France Presse photographers who received the first and third prizes in the “professional photo” category of the Bayeux-Calvados award.

The town of Bayeux, together with Calvados General Council, presents this award to pay tribute to journalists who carry out their work under dangerous conditions in order to allow us have access to independent information.

Mr. Al-Shaikh and Mr. Kilic were rewarded for their outstanding professionalism and their courage in the service of the freedom of information, following their coverage of the demonstrations in Bahrain, and the protest movement in Independence Square (the Maidan) in Kiev, respectively.

France is mobilized to support the work of journalists and ensure their safety. On our initiative, the UN proclaimed November 2 as “International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.”


International Conference for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip

What is your view regarding the outcome of the International Conference for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the pledge made by the donor countries to provide more than $5 billion in aid to the Palestinians?

I would like to remind you of the statement that we made yesterday evening following the conference in Cairo.

On Sunday, October 12, Laurent Fabius co-chaired the conference in Cairo for Palestine and for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. He notably met with President Abbas, the secretary-general of the Arab League and his American, Egyptian, Norwegian and Italian counterparts. He announced that France would mobilize €40 million in 2014 in support of the Palestinian people.

Laurent Fabius underscored the need to end the tragic cycle of destruction and reconstruction in Gaza. He called on the parties to conclude a lasting ceasefire that would lead to a lifting of the blockade of the Gaza Strip as well as respond to the legitimate security concerns of Israel. He reaffirmed to President Abbas France’s support for the inter-Palestinian reconciliation process. They agreed to hold the first French-Palestinian intergovernmental seminar in France at the beginning of 2015. Laurent Fabius highlighted the urgent need to end the political impasse and, given the previous failures, to adapt the negotiation method. He called for a collective momentum with greater involvement of the international community in order to support the resumption of negotiations and make it possible, finally, to reach a positive conclusion.”

Our efforts, combined with those of other international partners, should make it possible to respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs and to envisage, in practical terms, the reconstruction and development of Gaza.


Bolivia

What’s your response to the re-election of President Evo Morales in Bolivia? In your view, what does the future hold for relations between France and Bolivia following this event?

The French authorities congratulate President Morales on his re-election.

France is attached to developing its relations with Bolivia in all areas.

President Hollande reaffirmed this once again last month during his meeting with his Bolivian counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.