The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris -July 17, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Turkmenistan - Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Rashid Meredov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (July 17, 2015)

◢  Climate - Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Major Economies Forum (Luxembourg, July 18 and 19, 2015)

◢  European Union - Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, July 20)

◢  Joint statement by Laurent Fabius and his Mexican counterpart, José Antonio Meade Kuribrena, on climate change (July 16, 2015)

◢  Ukraine -First anniversary of the attack on flight MH17 (July 17)

◢  Day of International Criminal Justice (July 17)

 
Turkmenistan - Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Rashid Meredov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (July 17, 2015)

Laurent Fabius received Rashid Meredov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, this morning.

They discussed the international and regional situation and worked on strengthening our economic and cultural relations. Mr. Fabius and Mr. Meredov signed an agreement that will help expand the activities of our cultural centers in both our countries.



Climate - Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Major Economies Forum (Luxembourg, July 18 and 19, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will participate in the Major Economies Forum due to take place in Luxembourg on July 18 and 19. This forum, which was held in Washington in April, brings together the major greenhouse gas emitting countries under the chairmanship of the United States.

This meeting will be followed by an informal consultation meeting which will be attended by about 40 ministers in Paris on July 20 and 21.

Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, will work with the representatives of the world’s major economies, the Peruvian president of COP20 and other countries invited to attend as observers on narrowing the differences of opinion regarding the key issues in the negotiations currently under way to reach an ambitious agreement in Paris.



European Union - Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, July 20)

Laurent Fabius will participate in the Foreign Affairs Council which will take place in Brussels on July 20 under the chairmanship of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The ministers will address the following issues:

- Iran: The ministers will take stock of the agreement reached between the E3+3 and Iran on July 14 in Vienna as well as its implementation;

- Libya: Bernardino Leon, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, will present the Skhirat agreement. The discussions will focus in particular on the possible role of the EU in supporting the political process;

- Tunisia: The ministers will reflect on how the EU can provide assistance to Tunisia, in terms of economic initiatives as well as the fight against terrorism. A working lunch attended by Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid and Minister of Foreign Affairs Taieb Baccouche is planned;

- Middle East peace process: The ministers will discuss ways to relaunch the Middle East peace process and the situation on the ground.



Joint statement by Laurent Fabius and his Mexican counterpart, José Antonio Meade Kuribrena, on climate change (July 16, 2015)

France, which will hold the presidency of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015 in Paris, and Mexico, which will chair the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in November 2016, call for the strengthening of international action in support of sustainable development.

Our two countries reaffirm their commitment to reaching, in Paris in December 2015, a legally binding, universal, ambitious and fair agreement commensurate with the challenges we are facing and the expectations of our citizens.

To this end, we call for the acceleration of negotiations, reflecting the full commitment of countries as well as their leadership.

We call on all countries to present, between now and COP21 - as they have pledged to do so - the most ambitious contributions possible, notably in terms of greenhouse gas emissions reductions, including over the long term, and climate change adaptation initiatives. We urge the countries in a position to do so to set out in 2020 indicative targets for lowering the carbon intensity of their economies by 2050.

In this respect, we welcome the fact that Mexico and France, together with the EU, presented in March their planned nationally determined contributions within the framework of the Paris Agreement, which is an unequivocal sign of our determination to resolutely address the challenges of climate change.

In order to effectively limit global warming to less than 1.5 or 2 degrees centigrade, a target that requires a reduction in the carbon intensity of the global economy in the second half of the 21st century, we support the adoption of a lasting agreement that is capable of evolving and will provide for the regular review of national objectives and collective goals within the framework of a robust and transparent mechanism that will help strengthen mutual trust.

We also encourage developed countries to step up their efforts in order to uphold their commitment to mobilizing $100 billion in public and private funding per year from 2020 in support of the fight against global warming in developing countries, with increased efforts on adaptation to its effects and while improving transparency. We call on all other countries in a position to do so to assist in these financial efforts.

These will only be effective if they are based on national economic policies that take climate risks into consideration, notably through the widespread use of carbon pricing, the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies and increased incentives for investment in resilient, low carbon infrastructure.

The success of the Paris Climate Conference is crucial to preserving our planet and its biological diversity. To that end, we are pursuing our cooperation with a view to promoting significant agreements enabling us to make decisive progress in the area of preservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

As an expression of their commitment, Mexico and France have decided to step up their cooperation on climate change by encouraging the establishment of strategic alliances fostering the transfer of clean technologies and scientific knowledge, and strengthening national capacities to ease the transition to a carbon-free economy. The two countries will also work together on soil decontamination, ocean acidification, and such areas as sustainable waste management and sustainable transportation. Mexico and France will make these issues a priority in their respective regions.



Ukraine -First anniversary of the attack on flight MH17 (July 17)

On this anniversary of the attack on Malaysian Airlines flight 17, France offers its heartfelt solidarity to the families of the 298 victims. Our thoughts go out in particular to the Dutch people and authorities, who were hit especially hard by this tragedy.

From the beginning, France has demanded an international investigation to identify and then prosecute the perpetrators, who must be held accountable for their actions. It is under way. Its completion is vital.

We are actively participating in the work currently going on in New York to ensure that justice is done. In that regard, we support the demand made by several countries, including the Netherlands and Malaysia, to create an international special tribunal.



Day of International Criminal Justice (July 17)

On the occasion of the Day of International Criminal Justice, France reiterates its resolute commitment to oppose impunity wherever it occurs – the basis of lasting peace. It has supported the International Criminal Court since its creation, that court being the only permanent universal body competent to prosecute the presumed perpetrators of the gravest crimes that shock humanity’s conscience.

Thirteen years after the Rome Statute entered in force, France calls on those nations that have yet signed on to do so, so that those responsible for the crimes tried by the court are held accountable for their actions. States’ cooperation with the Court is necessary in order for it to completely fulfill its mission.


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