The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - July 1, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Climate - World Summit on Climate and Territories (Lyon, July 1 to 2, 2015)

◢  Cyprus - Visit by Harlem Désir (July 1 to 2, 2015)

◢  European Union - Presidency of the Council – Handover from Latvia to Luxembourg (July 1, 2015)

◢  Indonesia -Airplane accident (June 30)

◢  Egypt - Attack in the Sinai (July 1)

◢  South Sudan – Human rights - Atrocities against the civilian population

 
Climate - World Summit on Climate and Territories (Lyon, July 1 to 2, 2015)

Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, will travel to Lyon tomorrow to participate in the World Summit on Climate and Territories.

During the summit, he will reaffirm the crucial role of territories in the fight against climate disruption, thanks to their concrete actions.

This summit, which will be opened today by Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will bring together more than 800 representatives of local and regional authorities and civil society. The commitments and proposals of regional stakeholders will facilitate - within the framework of the agenda of solutions endorsed by Laurent Fabius - the conclusion of an ambitious agreement in Paris in December 2015.



Cyprus - Visit by Harlem Désir (July 1 to 2, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs will visit Cyprus from July 1 to 2, 2015.

He will be received by Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, and will meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides. Harlem Désir will also meet with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mustafa Akinci, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Lisa Buttenheim.

This visit will provide an opportunity to express France’s support for the new impetus in the inter-Cypriot negotiations to reunify the island.

Harlem Désir will also discuss with his interlocutors our major bilateral cooperation projects, the issues at stake in Europe and topical regional and international issues.



European Union - Presidency of the Council – Handover from Latvia to Luxembourg (July 1, 2015)

France wishes Luxembourg every success as it assumes its 12th presidency of the Council of the European Union.

It would like to reaffirm to Luxembourg its support for the efforts to achieve our common objectives: the protection of our fellow citizens, the strengthening of growth, and combating unemployment, especially among young people. We affirm our confidence in Luxembourg’s capacity to use its extensive European experience to promote effective dialogue between the member states.

On this occasion, France would also like to thank Latvia following its first presidency of the Council of the European Union. Important decisions were taken during this six-month period, such as the launch of the European Fund for Strategic Investments.



Indonesia -Airplane accident (June 30)

We were saddened to learn of the crash of a military aircraft yesterday in Medan that killed more than 140 passengers and residents of the town.

In these tragic circumstances, we offer our condolences to the victims’ families.

Laurent Fabius, minister of foreign affairs and international development, sent a letter to his Indonesian counterpart to assure the Indonesian people and authorities of France’s solidarity.



Egypt - Attack in the Sinai (July 1)

France condemns the terrorist attacks in which several Egyptian soldiers were killed this morning in the northern Sinai

We offer our condolences to the victims’ families.

France reaffirms its solidarity with the Egyptian people and government in the fight against terrorism.



South Sudan – Human rights - Atrocities against the civilian population

France condemns the atrocities carried out by armed groups against women and children, which were just reported by the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (MINUSS).

This report details the murder of 67 civilians and the fate of 251 women who were kidnapped, raped, killed or burned alive in Unity State alone. It emphasizes that the actual toll is probably much higher. These are particularly grave acts that could be considered war crimes and crimes against humanity, and which must not remain unpunished.

France wants the UN Human Rights Council to take up this matter. It calls upon the Security Council once again to promptly adopt sanctions against those who are standing in the way of peace, among other things, by leading attacks against civilians, particularly women and children.


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