Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, February 12, 2015)

Sahel – Development – Seminar to launch the “Support for cross-border cooperation in the Sahel” project (February 13, 2015)
Fight against Daesh – United Nations – Draft Security Council resolution (New York, February 12, 2015)
European Union – Success of the IXV vehicle mission (February 11, 2015)


Sahel – Development – Seminar to launch the “Support for cross-border cooperation in the Sahel” project (February 13, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will participate in the seminar to launch the “Support for cross-border cooperation in the Sahel” project in Paris on February 13, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. The seminar will notably be attended by Mr. Auguste Barry, Burkino Faso’s Minister of Territorial Administration and Security, Mr. Massoudou Hassoumi, Nigerien Minister of the Interior and Security, and Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga, Malian Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization.

This priority solidarity fund project, funded by France, is aimed at implementing a strategy for the integrated management of the border areas between Burkino Faso, Mali and Niger through coordinated security and development assistance instruments.

France would like our African partners, the EU, the UN and third countries already working in the region, including the United States, Canada and Japan, to be closely involved in this project.


Fight against Daesh – United Nations – Draft Security Council resolution (New York, February 12, 2015)

A new draft resolution on the financing of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, notably Daesh and the Al-Nusra Front, will be put to a vote at the Security Council this afternoon. France has decided to co-sponsor this draft resolution, which falls under Chapter VII of the Charter.

Following resolution 2170 (2014), this text strengthens states’ obligations in the following areas in particular:

- the condemnation of all direct or indirect trade, notably in oil and associated equipment, with the targeted terrorist individuals or groups, subject to the imposition of sanctions. The states must inform the relevant UN committee of any transfer of oil or associated equipment in their country to or from these groups;

- the condemnation of the destruction of cultural heritage, including religious cultural heritage, in Iraq and Syria. The states must take measures to prevent the illegal trade of cultural property, especially archeological property;

- outrage at the kidnappings, especially of women and children, as well as their exploitation, including their sexual exploitation.

France is mobilized in support of the fight against terrorism on all fronts: military, the search for political solutions to the conflicts, and financial.


European Union – Success of the IXV vehicle mission (February 11, 2015)

Following the success of the IXV vehicle mission, Europe has become one of the space powers capable of mastering controlled reentry techniques and has confirmed its role as a leading international actor in the space sector.

This mission also marks the fourth successful launch of the Vega light launch vehicle, operated by Arianespace at the Guiana Space Centre. Vega plays a key role in Europe’s launch service capabilities.

The mission was successful thanks in particular to the cooperation between the European Space Agency, the Italian Space Agency and CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales). It now opens up new operational opportunities in the area of reusable space capsules. It demonstrates the effectiveness of the European model, which is based on the sharing of national expertise in support of a common objective.