The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - October 5, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Ghana – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his counterpart, Hannan Tetteh (Paris, Oct. 5)

◢  Israel / Palestinian Territories – Deterioration in the security situation (Oct. 3 - 4)

◢  United Nations – Overview of the 30th session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva, Sept. 14 - Oct. 2)

◢  Burundi – Violence (Oct. 3 - 4)

◢  Bangladesh – Murder of two foreigners (Sept. 28 and Oct. 3)

◢  Syria – Destruction of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph (Oct. 4)

◢  Guatemala – Deadly landslide (Oct. 1)

 
Ghana – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his counterpart, Hannan Tetteh (Paris, Oct. 5)

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius met with his Ghanaian counterpart, Hannah Tetteh, on October 5. She was accompanying President John Dramani Mahama on his visit to France.

This conversation was part of our annual political dialogue.

The ministers worked on strengthening our bilateral relationship, whose quality they applauded. They reviewed the regional situation in West Africa and preparations for the Paris climate conference. Ghana, one of 146 countries that published its national contribution, is working with us to ensure that the conference is a success.



Israel / Palestinian Territories – Deterioration in the security situation (Oct. 3 - 4)

France condemns the attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on October 3 that took the lives of two Israeli civilians. It also denounces the clashes in the West Bank, during which one Palestinian was killed and several dozen were injured. It offers its condolences to the victims' families.

For months, we had been warning that the deadlock in the peace process could lead to a flare-up of violence. This latest outbreak unfortunately confirms our concerns.

Given the risk of a dangerous escalation, we urge all the parties to refrain from any action or statement that could aggravate tensions.

Reviving a credible political process is a matter of urgency, and would contribute to progress toward a just and lasting peace. France, which instigated a meeting of the expanded Quartet in New York, remains mobilized in this regard.



United Nations – Overview of the 30th session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva, Sept. 14 - Oct. 2)

France applauds the work done by the Human Rights Council during its 30th session.

France's commitment and that of its EU partners, led to decisions on key issues: a resolution on the death penalty, the renewal of the mandate of the independent expert on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic, and a mandate for the high commissioner for human rights to assess and report on the human rights situation in Burundi.

We are also pleased by the adoption of a resolution on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, which brings hope for national reconciliation. Finally, the Council adopted a resolution on human rights in Yemen.



Burundi – Violence (Oct. 3 - 4)

France condemns the brutal armed clashes on October 3 and 4 between residents of Bujumbura's northern neighborhoods and the police, which left several dead.

We call for an immediate halt to the violence and urge all parties to resume their dialogue in order to achieve a lasting political solution to the crisis.



Bangladesh – Murder of two foreigners (Sept. 28 and Oct. 3)

France condemns last week's murders in Bangladesh of Kunio Hoshi, a Japanese citizen, and Cesare Tavella, a humanitarian worker and Italian citizen. It offers its condolences to the victims' families and demands a full investigation into these two attacks.

France stands with Bangladesh in the fight against terrorism.



Syria – Destruction of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph (Oct. 4)

France condemns the latest destruction by Daesh of an archeological jewel in the ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With the destruction of the temples of Baalshamin and Baal and, on October 4, of the Arch of Triumph, Daesh is once again demonstrating its resolve to destroy the cultural diversity and millennial history of the Middle East.

Now more than ever, France is committed, with its allies, to combatting this terrorist group and preserving Syria's heritage.



Guatemala – Deadly landslide (Oct. 1)

We were deeply saddened to learn of the landslide that buried dozens of homes in Santa Catarina Pinula, near the Guatemalan capital, on October 1.

France offers its condolences to the victims' loved ones.

In this painful circumstances, we assure the Guatemalan people and authorities of our solidarity and stand ready to provide support if they ask for it.


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