Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, January 21, 2015)

 

• United Nations – Framework for the right of veto – Speech by Mr. Laurent Fabius at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (January 21, 2015)
• Fight against Daesh – Ministerial meeting of the international coalition (London, January 22, 2015)
• Ukraine – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Berlin (January 21, 2015)
• Japan – Situation of the hostages
• Fight against anti-Semitism – Joint visit by Mr. Harlem Désir and his German counterpart to New York (January 22, 2015)
• Meeting between Ms. Annick Girardin and Mr. Pascal Bonnetain, Secretary-General of the French-Quebec Youth Office (Paris, January 21, 2015)
• Cultural and cooperation network – Ms. Annick Girardin’s participation in the annual meeting of the Africa and Indian Ocean network (Paris, January 21, 2015)
• Yemen – Armed clashes
• Israel – Attack in Tel Aviv (Jan. 21)
• International Court – Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) - Extradition of Dominic Ongwen (Jan. 20)
• Lebanon – Photomed Beyrouth festival (Jan. 21 through Feb. 11)
 

United Nations – Framework for the right of veto – Speech by Mr. Laurent Fabius at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (January 21, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will deliver a speech today at 2:00 pm at Sciences Po within the context of a symposium on a framework for the use of the right of veto in cases of genocide, crimes against humanity and mass war crimes.

Following the ministerial meeting co-chaired by Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Mexican counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2014, during which our initiative was strongly supported, this symposium aims to ensure the continued mobilization of UN member states and civil society.

 

Fight against Daesh – Ministerial meeting of the international coalition (London, January 22, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius will travel to London tomorrow to participate in a meeting of the countries of the international coalition against Daesh. Following the conference in Paris on September 15 and the ministerial meeting in Brussels in December, this meeting will provide an opportunity to take stock of our action and to continue coordinating our strategy.

Alongside our coalition partners, we are taking action on several fronts. On the military front, we are lending support to the Iraqi armed forces, the Peshmerga and the Syrian moderate opposition. We are also combating the movements of foreign fighters, the sources of financing and supply for the terrorist group as well as its sectarian propaganda. We are also lending support to the populations that have been affected by the humanitarian crisis in Iraq as well as in Syria.

On this occasion, Mr. Laurent Fabius will reaffirm that the only way to weaken and push back Daesh is through the implementation of lasting political solutions.

 

Ukraine – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Berlin (January 21, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will travel to Berlin today for a meeting devoted to the crisis in Ukraine together with his German, Russian and Ukrainian counterparts.

During this meeting which will be held in the Normandy format, the ministers will work on the effective implementation of the Minsk agreements, notably compliance with the ceasefire, the confirmation of the withdrawal line for military equipment and the continued release of prisoners.

France is determined to make concrete progress toward a peaceful and lasting settlement of the crisis.

The pro-Russian separatists and the regular Russian army have launched an offensive in eastern Ukraine. What’s your response to the deteriorating situation in Ukraine? Do you have any comment regarding the upcoming meeting to be held in the Normandy format in Berlin?

Please refer to the statement we’ve just made regarding the meeting in the Normandy format, in which Mr. Laurent Fabius will participate in Brussels today.

 

Japan – Situation of the hostages

France strongly condemns the kidnapping of two Japanese citizens, for which Daesh has claimed responsibility, and the threats that have been issued to execute them. It expresses its wholehearted solidarity with Japan.

In a telephone call yesterday with his Japanese counterpart, Mr. Laurent Fabius expressed France’s support and responded positively to Japan’s request for cooperation.

We are two friendly countries which stand shoulder to shoulder and cooperate together against terrorism.

 

Fight against anti-Semitism – Joint visit by Mr. Harlem Désir and his German counterpart to New York (January 22, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit New York tomorrow together with his German counterpart, Mr. Michael Roth, in order to participate in the extraordinary session of the UN General Assembly devoted to the fight against anti-Semitism.

On the anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty and following the terrorist attacks in Paris, they will reaffirm our two countries’ commitment to the fight against racism and anti-Semitism.

On the sidelines of this meeting, Mr. Harlem Désir will meet with the representatives of several American Jewish organizations. He will meet with members of the French community as well as with the Committee of French Associations and French Language in New York. Mr. Harlem Désir will also take part in a round table organized by the European Institute at Columbia University focusing on key European current affairs issues.

 

Meeting between Ms. Annick Girardin and Mr. Pascal Bonnetain, Secretary-General of the French-Quebec Youth Office (Paris, January 21, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will meet today with Mr. Pascal Bonnetain, Secretary-General of the French-Quebec Youth Office.

The French-Quebec Youth Office was established 45 years ago and provides young French and Quebec people with programs to facilitate mobility and professional development in the economic, cultural and social sectors.

At a time when President Hollande would like to see youth volunteer mechanisms encouraged, this meeting will provide an opportunity to take stock of the experiences of the French-Quebec Youth Office with respect to mobility and support for French-speaking youth. 

 

Cultural and cooperation network – Ms. Annick Girardin’s participation in the annual meeting of the Africa and Indian Ocean network (Paris, January 21, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, this morning opened the annual regional meeting of the cooperation and cultural action advisors of the Africa and Indian Ocean region, which is taking place this week in Paris.

On this occasion, Ms. Girardin discussed the lessons that could be drawn with respect to our action from the attacks that hit France at the beginning of January. She underscored the need to mobilize our network in support of a policy of development, influence and solidarity that can help respond to the aspirations of youth in the South.

Ms. Girardin also reaffirmed the importance of mobilizing the cooperation and cultural action network in preparation for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

 

Yemen – Armed clashes

France is concerned by the armed clashes taking place in Yemen, and particularly in Sanaa.

As the UN Security Council emphasized yesterday, this violence must be ended as quickly as possible. We call for the immediate, unconditional release of the President’s chief of staff, Mr. Bin Mubarak. We also demand that the Houthi militias withdraw from the areas surrounding the presidential palace, the state television network, and all official buildings.

Together with its G10 partners, France reaffirms its support for President Hadi and the Yemeni government, protectors of the country’s unity and institutional continuity. It calls for the resumption of a construction dialogue as swiftly as possible between the parties, based on the peace agreement of September 21 and the conclusions of the National Dialogue Conference. France also believes that the swift adoption of a new constitution would represent a crucial step forward in the political transition process.

 

Israel – Attack in Tel Aviv (Jan. 21)

France condemns this morning’s attack in Tel Aviv, which left many injured

We assure the Israeli people and authorities of our solidarity.

Together with its partners in the international community, France is fully engaged in the fight against terrorism.

 

International Court – Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) - Extradition of Dominic Ongwen (Jan. 20)

France welcomes the extradition, by Central African authorities, of Dominic Ongwen to the Netherlands, where he will be held accountable for his actions before the International Criminal Court.

The court had issued an arrest warrant for him in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

France congratulates the nations of the region and all the actors involved, whose cooperation led to the January 3rd arrest and subsequent extradition of Dominic Ongwen.

This is a significant advance in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army and the fight against impunity.

 

Lebanon – Photomed Beyrouth festival (Jan. 21 through Feb. 11)

The second Lebanese edition of the Photomed festival begins today at several Beirut galleries with the support of the Embassy of France and the Institut Français du Liban. The theme of the festival is “Photographic Meanderings from the Columns of Hercules to the Gates of the Orient.”

Created in France in 2011 by Jean-Luc Monterosso, head of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Photomed festival has spread throughout the countries of the Mediterranean, showcasing the wealth and diversity of local cultures through the eyes of renowned and emerging talents.

Running through February 11, Photomed Beyrouth will present the rich photographic heritage of the Oriental Library [of the Saint Joseph University] and the Lebanese tourism ministry, along with work by international photographers – including two French greats, Patrick Terraz and Bernard Plossu – inspired by the Mediterranean. As part of our partnership with the Institut Français du Liban, the winner of the photography contest organized for this event will be invited to show his or her work at the Photomed festival in France in May 2015.

For more information, visit:
http://www.institutfrancais-liban.com/Beyrouth/Arts-audiovisuel/Expositions/Photomed-2015