Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, February 20, 2015)

Climate – Agriculture – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the seminar on agriculture and climate in preparation for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (Paris, February 20, 2015)
Africa - Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Chad, Cameroon and Niger (February 21 to 22, 2015)
Mali – Adoption of a statement calling for the immediate cessation of all forms of violence (February 20, 2015)
Sudan – Freedom of the press 


Climate – Agriculture – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the seminar on agriculture and climate in preparation for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (Paris, February 20, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today participate, together with Mr. Stéphane le Foll, in the seminar on agriculture and climate in preparation for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. This seminar will bring together ministers, researchers, members of civil society, agricultural professionals, business representatives and representatives of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Agriculture and climate are inextricably linked. As confirmed once again by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate disruption poses a threat to agricultural production and therefore food security. Agricultural production, which is expected to increase, is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and must move toward more sustainable production and improved resource management.

The “solutions agenda,” which will accompany and reinforce the Paris agreement, must provide concrete solutions that are accessible to all and will combine the fight against climate disruption with sustainable development.  


Africa - Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Chad, Cameroon and Niger (February 21 to 22, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Chad, Cameroon and Niger from February 21 to 22.

In Ndjamena on February 21, Mr. Laurent Fabius will be received by Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno. On the same day in Yaoundé, he will meet with President of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya and with Minister of External Relations Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo. On February 22, he will meet with Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, as well as with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Bazoum.

Mr. Laurent Fabius will reaffirm to his interlocutors France’s support for their resolute commitment to the fight against terrorism and in particular the establishment, together with Nigeria, of an African force to combat Boko Haram. This organization constitutes a threat to the entire region. They will also take stock of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Nigeria’s border areas.

Lastly, the meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss prospects for strengthening bilateral relations with these three countries.


Mali – Adoption of a statement calling for the immediate cessation of all forms of violence (February 20, 2015)

France welcomes the adoption by the parties to the inter-Malian negotiations of a statement calling for the immediate cessation of all forms of violence. This is an important step forward toward ensuring progress in the ongoing negotiations.

We call on all parties to continue the negotiations in good faith in order to reach a lasting peace agreement.

France reaffirms its support for the negotiation process led by Algeria, with the support of international facilitation efforts. The successful conclusion of the negotiations is key to ensuring lasting stability in Mali.

France, alongside the Malian authorities and its partners operating in the Sahel, remains mobilized to contribute to the stabilization of Mali.


Sudan – Freedom of the press 

France condemns the confiscation of around 20 editions of Sudanese daily newspapers and magazines in Khartoum which constitutes a gross violation of the freedom of expression and information.

We call on the Sudanese government to ensure respect for fundamental freedoms, in accordance with its international commitments.

The freedom of expression is key to ensuring a climate conducive to encouraging the national dialogue launched by the authorities. This is the only way to enable Sudan to restore peace and address its challenges.