Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, May 6, 2015)


• Nepal – Update (May 6, 2015)
• Democratic Republic of Congo – Attack against MONUSCO (May 5, 2015)
• Central African Republic - National Bangui Forum – Child soldiers

Nepal – Update (May 6, 2015)

The most recent toll issued by the Nepalese authorities stands at 7,557 dead and almost 15,000 injured.

Nepalese and international rescue teams are continuing to make every effort to access the most remote areas. Our embassy is continuing to coordinate helicopter rotations.

As Mr. Laurent Fabius indicated this morning, we deplore the loss of 4 French citizens and are concerned for the 9 people reported as missing in Langtang Valley. Efforts on the ground are also continuing in order to find 30 people who remain unaccounted for.

A French medical team from EPRUS (Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Agency) is offering medical and psychological support in Katmandu to any of our compatriots who would like it.


Democratic Republic of Congo – Attack against MONUSCO (May 5, 2015)

France condemns the attack that took place on May 5 in the Beni region (North Kivu) which killed 2 Tanzanian peacekeepers and injured 13 soldiers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The perpetrators of these attacks must be brought to justice.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families as well as to the Tanzanian authorities. France pays tribute to the commitment of Tanzanian soldiers to peacekeeping, the protection of civilians and the fight against armed groups in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Two days after shots were fired at a helicopter belonging to the UN mission and while fighting is escalating in North Kivu, these events underscore the need for strong and coordinated action by the Congolese army and MONUSCO to restore security in the Beni region.


Central African Republic - National Bangui Forum – Child soldiers

France welcomes the signing, within the framework of the National Bangui Forum, of an agreement whereby the armed groups in the Central African Republic will commit to putting an end to all recruitment of child soldiers and to releasing those within their ranks.

We pay tribute to the role played by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and we call on all armed groups to implement their commitments without delay.

France supports the stabilization efforts being carried out by the transitional authorities with the support of the international community.