The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris -June 22, 2015
In this issue:

◢  European Union -Harlem Désir’s participation in the General Affairs Council (Luxembourg, June 23, 2015)

◢  South Sudan - Crimes against children

◢  Afghanistan - Attack against the Afghan parliament (June 22, 2015)

European Union -Harlem Désir’s participation in the General Affairs Council (Luxembourg, June 23, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will participate in the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg on June 23. Work will focus on the following issues:

- preparations for the European Council on June 25 and 26, primarily devoted to migration, security and defense issues, as well as support for growth and employment;

- efforts to improve the EU legislative process, following the presentation by the Commission of its proposals for “better lawmaking;”

- the simplification of EU regional policy.

South Sudan - Crimes against children

France was dismayed to learn of the statements by the executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) indicating that 129 children had been brutally murdered in May 2015 in Unity State in South Sudan.

We condemn these atrocities. Full light must be shed on these crimes, for which there can be no impunity.

France urges the African Union Commission of Inquiry on human rights violations in South Sudan to immediately release its report. It would like the UN Human Rights Council to take all necessary steps to monitor the situation on the ground.

The conclusions of the African Union summit in Johannesburg on South Sudan are clear: the parties to the conflict bear full responsibility for the crisis. France reaffirms its willingness to adopt without delay at the Security Council targeted sanctions against those who obstruct peace, including by carrying out attacks against civilians, especially women and children.

Afghanistan - Attack against the Afghan parliament (June 22, 2015)

France condemns the attack perpetrated today against the Afghan parliament in Kabul.

We reaffirm our support for democracy and the rule of law in Afghanistan.

France assures the Afghan authorities and people of its solidarity in the fight against terrorism.

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