The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - May 13, 2015
In this issue:

◢  China - Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius (May 15 to 16, 2015)

◢  Syria - Bombing in Aleppo (May 12, 2015)

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo - Death of a Nepalese peacekeeper (May 12, 2015)

◢  Cyprus - Announcement of the resumption of negotiations (May 13, 2015)

◢  Pakistan - Attack on a bus in Karachi (May 13)

◢  Bangladesh - Murder of the blogger Ananta Bijoy Das (May 12)

China - Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius (May 15 to 16, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius will visit China on May 15 and 16, 2015. This will be his second visit to China since 2012.

The minister will be received by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and will open, together with Vice Premier Liu Yandong, the second session of the high-level dialogue on human exchanges. This session will provide an opportunity to demonstrate progress, especially in the educational, academic and sports sectors; a dozen contracts have been signed, notably partnership agreements aimed at strengthening student mobility between our two countries.

In the run-up to Euro 2016, he will meet with specialized Chinese travel agencies.

Mr. Laurent Fabius will also meet with Mr. Wang Yi, Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Negotiations. In the run-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the minister will discuss climate issues with his political interlocutors and will draw the attention of students, the press and civil society to climate issues.

In the economic sphere, the minister will open the 23rd French-Chinese Joint Commission on Trade and Investment. He will meet with Chinese investors as well as the French business community.

Syria - Bombing in Aleppo (May 12, 2015)

France condemns the mass use of barrels packed with explosives against civilians by the Syrian regime. A raid carried out by the regime in Aleppo yesterday against a bus stop caused numerous casualties including children.

As the UN commission of inquiry has underscored on numerous occasions, this indiscriminate bombing, which is part of a strategy being pursued by the Syrian regime, deliberately targets civilians as well as homes, schools, markets and places of worship. It constitutes a war crime, and may amount to a crime against humanity.

The perpetrators of these barbaric acts must be brought to justice.

Democratic Republic of Congo - Death of a Nepalese peacekeeper (May 12, 2015)

France condemns the attack which killed a Nepalese peacekeeper serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) in the area of Eringeti in North Kivu.

We extend our condolences to the victim’s family as well as to the authorities of the Republic of Nepal, and pay tribute to the commitment of the Nepalese soldiers to the stabilization of the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cyprus - Announcement of the resumption of negotiations (May 13, 2015)

France welcomes the announcement that negotiations will resume on May 15 under the auspices of the United Nations. It welcomes the positive atmosphere that prevails over these discussions.

France supports this negotiation process, both at the national level as well as within the EU and the UN and reaffirms its trust in Mr. Espen Barth Eide, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

It reaffirms the importance of confidence-building measures as a means to improve the climate of the negotiations and welcomes the statements made to that end by the leaders of the communities.

Pakistan - Attack on a bus in Karachi (May 13)

France condemns the attack on a bus in Karachi on May 13 that left at least 43 passengers dead and 24 injured, most of them Ismailis. It offers its condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones.

France stands alongside the Pakistani people and government in the fight against terrorism.

Bangladesh - Murder of the blogger Ananta Bijoy Das (May 12)

France condemns the murder in Bangladesh of blogger Ananta Bijoy Das. We offer our condolences to his family and loved ones.

This murder follows that of two other bloggers since the beginning of the year.

We call on the Bangladeshi authorities to fully investigate these attacks.

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