The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - May 18, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Climate - Canada’s contribution to COP21

◢  South Sudan - Violence against the civilian population

◢  Afghanistan - Attack against a convoy belonging to EUPOL (May 17, 2015)

◢  International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17, 2015)

Climate - Canada’s contribution to COP21

I welcome the publication by Canada of its contribution to COP21.

This contribution sets a target for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, which will be implemented through a combination of federal policies and measures decided upon by the Canadian provinces.

This represents an increase compared with the previous targets set by the Canadian government.

Canada is therefore the 37th country to publish its contribution to COP21.

South Sudan - Violence against the civilian population

France expresses its deep concern following the upsurge in fighting in South Sudan, notably in the city of Malakal, which constitutes an unacceptable violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement established thanks to the mediation efforts of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

Full light must be shed on the human rights violations that have been committed in order to facilitate the resumption of efforts to find a political solution to the conflict.

Afghanistan - Attack against a convoy belonging to EUPOL (May 17, 2015)

France condemns the attack perpetrated on May 17, 2005, against a vehicle belonging to the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL), which killed three people, including a member of the mission's security team.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and friends and wish those injured in this attack a speedy recovery.

France recognizes the important role played by the EUPOL mission in helping to stabilize Afghanistan and reaffirms its solidarity with and support for the Afghan authorities and people in the fight against terrorism.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17, 2015)

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia which is celebrated every year on May 17, France reaffirms that the rights of every person, regardless of their sexual orientation or their gender identity, must be respected.

In international forums, France supports the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. It lends its support in the field to those who are fighting against discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons and is committed to protecting and promoting their rights.

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