The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - February 1, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Nuclear issue / Non-proliferation – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO (Paris - February 1, 2016)

◢  Presidency of the African Union – Appointment of President Déby (January 30, 2016)

◢  Syria – Attacks (January 31, 2016)

◢  Nigeria – Attack in Dalori (January 30, 2016)

◢  Chad – Attacks (January 31, 2016)

◢  Saudi Arabia – Attack (Al-Ahsa - January 29, 2016)

◢  Egypt – Attack in the Sinai (January 31, 2016)

◢  Burma / Myanmar – Inauguration of new Parliament (February 1, 2016)

 
Nuclear issue / Non-proliferation – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO (Paris - February 1, 2016)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet this afternoon with Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

This treaty, which prohibits all nuclear test explosions, is one of the key instruments of the international disarmament and non-proliferation regime. France was the first nuclear-weapon state to ratify the treaty, together with the United Kingdom, in 1998. Since that time it has been calling for its universalization and for its swiftest possible entry into force. Laurent Fabius and Lassina Zerbo will discuss the strategy to be implemented in order to hasten this prospect.

A few weeks after the CTBTO monitoring system detected a new North Korean nuclear test, France reaffirms its support for the critical work of this organization.



Presidency of the African Union – Appointment of President Déby (January 30, 2016)

France congratulates President of Chad Idriss Déby on his appointment as chairperson of the African Union.

We look forward to working with the Chadian presidency on all matters of common interest, especially the peace and security agenda, African crisis response capacities, and the strengthening of African Union structures, as well on development.

We wish him every success.



Syria – Attacks (January 31, 2016)

France condemns the attack carried out yesterday to the south of Damascus which killed at least 70 people. This despicable act again illustrates Daesh’s barbarity.

While inter-Syrian negotiations are getting under way in Geneva, France reaffirms its support for the UN special envoy and reaffirms the need to find a political solution to the crisis. This solution is necessary in order to put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people and to effectively combat Daesh.



Nigeria – Attack in Dalori (January 30, 2016)

France condemns the attack carried out against the village of Dalori (on the outskirts of Maiduguri, 2016), which left dozens of people dead and injured. This region is home to camps for displaced persons fleeing the violence committed by Boko Haram.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and to the Nigerian authorities.

We call on the entire international community to do more to help the countries of the region to overcome terrorism.



Chad – Attacks (January 31, 2016)

France condemns the attacks carried out in Chad on January 31 in the villages of Guié and Miterine.

We stand with Chad in the fight against terrorism.

We call on the entire international community to work harder to help the countries of the region overcome terrorism.



Saudi Arabia – Attack (Al-Ahsa - January 29, 2016)

France condemns the terrorist attack that left four dead in the Al-Ahsa region on January 29.

It offers its condolences to the victims’ families.

We assure the Saudi people and authorities of our solidarity in the fight against terrorism.



Egypt – Attack in the Sinai (January 31, 2016)

France condemns the attack that took the lives of two police officers and two servicemen in Sinai yesterday.

We offer our condolences to the victims’ families.

France again assures the Egyptian people and government of our solidarity in the fight against terrorism.



Burma / Myanmar – Inauguration of new Parliament (February 1, 2016)

France applauds the inauguration of the new Parliament following the elections of November 8, 2015.

This is a new and important step that has just been taken. It is now up to Parliament to continue with reforms leading to a full restoration of democracy.

We offer all our encouragement to the Burmese authorities and welcome the climate of dialogue prevailing in the country.


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