Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, November 14, 2014)

European Union – Mr. Harlem Désir’s participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, November 17, 2014)
Iraq – Agreement between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq
Burkina Faso – Adoption of the transitional charter (November 13, 2014)
Trade - WTO - Trade facilitation within the framework of the World Trade Organization – Announcement of an agreement between India and the United States (November 13, 2014)


European Union – Mr. Harlem Désir’s participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, November 17, 2014)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will participate in the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on November 17. The discussions will focus on the following issues:

- Ukraine/Russia: The ministers will have an in-depth discussion on the situation on the ground and the role that the EU can play by mobilizing its various tools, including possible targeted sanctions;

- Peace process: The situation will be reviewed together with Ms. Mogherini, who traveled to the region on November 7 and 8. Discussions will notably focus on how the EU could relaunch its EUBAM Rafah mission (EU Border Assistance Mission at the Rafah crossing point) and (EUPOL COPPS (EU Coordination Office for Palestinian Police Support);

- Bosnia and Herzegovina: The ministers will take stock of the situation following the elections and the rapprochement between this country and Europe;

- Ebola: Mr. Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and EU Ebola Coordinator, will report on his visit to Sierra Leone, Guinea (alongside Ms. Girardin) and Liberia.


Iraq – Agreement between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq

France welcomes the agreement reached between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq on civil servant salaries and oil exports. This is an important step toward achieving the goal of national reconciliation set by the Iraqi prime minister.

France encourages all Iraqi parties to continue implementing the government’s program which was endorsed by the international community. Unity and dialogue will enable Iraq to defeat the terrorist organization Daesh. France lends its full support to Iraq at this critical moment in its history.


Burkina Faso – Adoption of the transitional charter (November 13, 2014)

France welcomes the parties’ unanimous adoption of a transitional charter that will allow Burkina Faso’s institutions to return to normal functioning as swiftly as possible.

We congratulate all of the actors – political parties, civil society organizations, defense and security forces, religious and traditional authorities – on their work, their spirit of compromise and their efforts to achieve a consensual solution. France also commends the joint mediation efforts of ECOWAS, the African Union and the UN, which facilitated the discussions.

The appointment of the interim president and the establishment of transitional institutions are the next step. This must occur quickly in order to put an end - under the control of the Constitutional Council - to the institutional vacuum that followed President Compaoré’s resignation.

The transitional authorities’ goal must be, first and foremost, to organize presidential and parliamentary elections in order to restore full institutional legality. France is ready to support them in this process.


Trade - WTO - Trade facilitation within the framework of the World Trade Organization – Announcement of an agreement between India and the United States (November 13, 2014)

France welcomes the announcement of an agreement between India and the United States on the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement concluded in December 2013.

Indeed, the implementation of this agreement would be an important step forward with respect to the regulation of world trade, the strengthening of the multilateral trading system and development.

It also sends a positive signal to our companies, which will therefore benefit from better access to markets.