Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, December 15, 2014)

Middle East – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the secretary general of the Arab League (Paris, December 16, 2014)
Middle East - Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Shimon Peres (Paris, December 16, 2014)
Death penalty – 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Second Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (December 15, 2014)
Indonesia – Landslide (December 12, 2014)



Middle East – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the secretary general of the Arab League (Paris, December 16, 2014)

On December 16, Mr. Laurent Fabius will receive Nabil al-Araby, Secretary General of the Arab League, who will pay a working visit to Paris. He will notably be accompanied by the Mauritanian and Palestinian foreign ministers.

This meeting is part of France’s efforts to relaunch, on a credible basis and as swiftly as possible, the peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. The Arab League is a key partner. We are working in close coordination in order to restore a climate of trust and to offer the parties a concrete political horizon.

This meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss the situation in the Arab world, including the crises affecting Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.


Middle East - Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Shimon Peres (Paris, December 16, 2014)

On December 16, Mr. Laurent Fabius will receive Mr. Shimon Peres, former President of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace, which promotes rapprochement between Israel and its neighbors.

In the context of France’s current efforts to restore momentum to the peace process, he will notably discuss with him the situation in the Middle East and prospects for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Death penalty – 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Second Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (December 15, 2014)

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Second Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aimed at abolishing the death penalty, France reaffirms its resolute and constant commitment to the universal abolition of the death penalty.

Eighty-one states from all regions of the world, including France, are now party to this protocol.

Within the framework of the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty launched by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France renews its appeal for the universal ratification of this instrument in order to make progress toward the abolition of the death penalty everywhere.

On this occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development has published a web documentary entitled “Young people and abolition”:

ttp://webdoc.france-diplo.tv/les_jeunes_et_l'abolition_2014/


Indonesia – Landslide (December 12, 2014)

We were shocked to learn of the tragic toll exacted by the landslide in the village of Jemblung on the island of Java on December 12, which caused widespread destruction and left dozens of people dead or missing.

In these painful circumstances, France extends its condolences to the victims’ families. It assures the Indonesian authorities and people of its solidarity.