The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - June 26, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Climate – United Nations - Laurent Fabius’s visit to New York (June 29, 2015)

◢  Development - Annick Girardin’s participation in the meeting of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (Paris, June 29, 2015)

◢  Russia - Death of Yevgeny Primakov

◢  Central African Republic - Electoral process (June 26, 2015)

◢  Somalia -Attack on an African Union Mission base in Somalia (June 26)

◢  UN – Human Rights - International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26)

 
Climate – United Nations - Laurent Fabius’s visit to New York (June 29, 2015)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and COP21 President, will travel to New York on June 29 to attend a meeting of the UN General Assembly on climate.

He will also co-chair a ministerial meeting on this issue, alongside Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peruvian Environment Minister and President of COP20.

Laurent Fabius will launch an appeal to further strengthen the mobilization of global policy makers in order to ensure that an ambitious and lasting agreement can be reached at COP21.



Development - Annick Girardin’s participation in the meeting of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (Paris, June 29, 2015)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will convene the National Council for Development and International Solidarity on June 29 at the Quai d’Orsay.

This council fosters regular dialogue between the government and all other development and international solidarity actors (communities, NGOs, trade unions, employers, economic stakeholders, higher education and research institutions).

Just a few days ahead of the UN Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, this meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss official development assistance, new partnerships and innovative financing with the whole of civil society.



Russia - Death of Yevgeny Primakov

We were saddened to learn of the death of Yevgeny Primakov today in Moscow. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and to the Russian people.

France pays tribute to his memory.

A leading expert on the Middle East and former minister of foreign affairs and later prime minister of the Russian Federation, he served his country and made his voice heard on the international stage, including at difficult and decisive moments.



Central African Republic - Electoral process (June 26, 2015)

France welcomes the launch today of the voter registration process in the Central African Republic in the run-up to the elections that will mark the end of the country’s political transition.

This is an important step toward the restoration of institutional order, reconciliation and the recovery of the Central African Republic.

We urge the people of the Central African Republic and their international partners to fully mobilize their efforts in order – in accordance with the established timeframe - to continue the electoral process in preparation for the elections scheduled to take place in the fall of 2015



Somalia -Attack on an African Union Mission base in Somalia (June 26)

France condemns the attack on a base of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) south of Mogadishu by the terrorist group al-Shabab, which killed numerous African Union troops.

We offer our condolences to the victims’ families. Those responsible for this attack must be brought to justice.

France welcomes the efforts of all those who work for peace and security in Somalia. It assures the Somali people and the AU Mission of its solidarity.



UN – Human Rights - International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26)

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, France reaffirms its determination to combat this unacceptable practice.

We underscore the need to respect, in all circumstances, the absolute ban on torture and urge all nations that have not yet done so to sign on to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as well as its Optional Protocol.

France is committed to the fight against torture and impunity. Torture victims must receive justice and reparations.


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