The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - May 15, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Climate - Mr. Laurent Fabius's participation in the 6th Petersberg Dialogue (Berlin, May 18 and 19, 2015)

◢  Italy - Mr. Harlem Désir's participation in a conference organized by the Aspen Institute (Rome, May 15, 2015)

◢  European Union - Mr. Harlem Désir's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, May 18, 2015)

◢  Mali - Ms. Girardin's attendance at the official signing ceremony of the agreement on peace and reconciliation (Bamako, May 15, 2015)

◢  Cambodia - Development - Climate - Francophony - Visit by Ms. Annick Girardin (Phnom Penh, May 18 to 20, 2015)

◢  Central African Republic - Release of several hundred children by armed groups (May 14)

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo - Killings near Beni (May 13)

◢  Cultural Update - "France Week" in Venezuela (May 11 - 19)

 
Climate - Mr. Laurent Fabius's participation in the 6th Petersberg Dialogue (Berlin, May 18 and 19, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and President of the Paris Climate Conference – COP21, will be in Berlin on Monday and Tuesday to co-chair, together with the German minister for the environment, the 6th Petersberg Dialogue.

The Petersberg Dialogue is an informal ministerial meeting on the fight against climate disruption, in which about 40 countries that are representative of the diversity of the negotiating groups participate.

Following the informal meeting in Paris from May 6 to 8, this is a very useful step toward preparing for the negotiations on June 1 in Bonn, in which Mr. Fabius will participate. It will involve, in particular, identifying the areas of convergence and assessing the progress achieved since Lima.



Italy - Mr. Harlem Désir's participation in a conference organized by the Aspen Institute (Rome, May 15, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today participate in Rome in a conference organized by the Aspen Institute entitled "What can Europeans do together to form a political union?" alongside Mr. Giorgio Napolitano, former President of the Republic of Italy, Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Sandro Gozi, his Italian counterpart.

On this occasion, and in accordance with the mission entrusted to him by the prime minister, he will work with Mr. Gozi on three European youth projects: European civic service, Erasmus vocational training and the European student identity card.



European Union - Mr. Harlem Désir's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, May 18, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council on May 18 in Brussels. The ministers will take stock of the situation in Burundi. Work will also focus on:

  • The Middle East peace process: The ministers will exchange views on the possible role of the EU in supporting the resumption of the negotiations;
  • The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: The ministers will discuss the ways in which the EU could encourage a reduction in tensions following the incidents in Kumanovo.

They will address the following points with the EU defense ministers:

  • NATO: In the presence of Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, they will review cooperation between the EU and NATO;
  • The European Council meeting in June devoted to security and defense issues: Mr. Désir will reaffirm our priorities with respect to the effectiveness and visibility of the Common Security and Defense Policy, the development of our capabilities and support for the defense industries;
  • Migration in the Mediterranean: The ministers will adopt the Crisis Management Concept, thereby paving the way for the launch of a maritime operation in the Mediterranean known as EU NAVFOR Med, aimed at combating the networks of human traffickers. They will discuss cooperation with third countries and the strengthening of EU external border controls.



Mali - Ms. Girardin's attendance at the official signing ceremony of the agreement on peace and reconciliation (Bamako, May 15, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, is representing France today at the official signing ceremony of the agreement on peace and reconciliation which is taking place in Bamako.

President Hollande and Mr. Laurent Fabius yesterday welcomed this major step forward and the spirit of compromise that characterized the conclusion of this agreement, which was initialed in Algiers yesterday by all of the parties.

Today in Bamako, the minister of state called for continued dialogue between all Malians in order to respond to the security and development challenges.



Cambodia - Development - Climate - Francophony - Visit by Ms. Annick Girardin (Phnom Penh, May 18 to 20, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will visit Cambodia from May 18 to 20 to discuss issues relating to development, climate and francophony.

Ms. Girardin will be received by King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen. She will sign, together with Mr. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the renewed Partnership Framework Document between France and Cambodia. She will also sign financing agreements worth €100 million with Mr. Aun Porn Moniroth, Minister of Finance, as well as with the French Development Agency (AFD).

In Phnom Penh, Annick Girardin will visit the Mekong River Commission's Flood Management and Mitigation Center as well as a hydro-meteorological measurement station. She will meet with the French NGO, Enfants d'Asie, and will visit Phnom Penh's central market, which has been renovated thanks to AFD funding.

The minister of state will talk with young French volunteers and will meet with French-speaking Cambodian students from the Royal University of Health Sciences.



Central African Republic - Release of several hundred children by armed groups (May 14)

France welcomes the May 14th release, in the Bambari region, of several hundred children by Central African armed groups, in line with commitments undertaken at the Bangui Forum under the auspices of UNICEF. This is an important new step toward peace.

We call on all armed groups to follow suit and to do the right thing for the Central African Republic.



Democratic Republic of Congo - Killings near Beni (May 13)

France condemns the latest massacres carried out on May 13 near the town of Beni, in North Kivu, which left more than 20 civilians dead.

We offer our sympathies to the families of the victims and call on the Congolese authorities, with the support of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to do everything they can to protect civilians, oppose armed groups, identify the perpetrators of violent actions, and bring them to justice.



Cultural Update - "France Week" in Venezuela (May 11 - 19)

Venezuela's first "France Week," spearheaded by the French Embassy in Caracas to showcase France's attractiveness and excellence, is running from May 11 to 18.

One of the week's highlights is the "Feria Francia Tuya." For three days, stands set up on one of Caracas's main squares will spotlight a wide variety of fields, including France's economy, technology, scientific research, education, culture, and food.

A number of cultural events are also planned, including a concert by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruno Montovani, head of the Paris Conservatory.

The week will conclude with a fashion show featuring Venezuelan talents selected via a competition on the theme of the environment.

For more information, visit http://www.ambafrance-ve.org/Il-a-ete-presente-devant-une-salle.



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