The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - February 9, 2016
In this issue:

◢  International Civil Aviation Organization – Statement by Laurent Fabius, COP21 President

◢  Quai d'Orsay – First meeting of the Operators Committee (Paris - February 9, 2016)

◢  European Union – Laurent Fabius's participation in a meeting of the States Signatories to the Rome Statute (Rome - February 9, 2016)

◢  Development – Annick Girardin's participation in the meeting of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (Paris - February 9, 2016)

◢  Mexico – Visit by Matthias Fekl (Mexico City / Querétaro - February 9-11, 2016)

◢  Syria / United Nations – Publication of report on death of detainees (February 8, 2016)

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo – Deadly clashes in North Kivu (February 7, 2016)

◢  Germany – Rail accident in Bavaria (February 9, 2016)

 
International Civil Aviation Organization – Statement by Laurent Fabius, COP21 President

I welcome the adoption on February 8 by the ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection of a recommendation for an ambitious CO2 certification standard for aircraft.

In keeping with the Paris climate agreement, this new standard will be a key component of the civil aviation sector's contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. It must be complemented by a carbon emissions offset mechanism, which the ICAO is due to adopt in September 2016 during its triennial assembly. As COP21 president, I will be keeping a close eye on this.



Quai d'Orsay – First meeting of the Operators Committee (Paris - February 9, 2016)

Laurent Fabius convened the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Operators Committee at the Quai d'Orsay this morning. This was the first meeting to be chaired by the minister in this format.

This diverse network has a key role to play in implementing our policies to promote France's influence and attractiveness, notably in the areas of development, foreign trade, culture and French education abroad. It has been radically modernized over the last few years, with for example the creation of Business France and Expertise France, and the development of close collaboration between the French Development Agency and the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (Deposits and Consignments Fund).

For more information, please visit www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/operateurs-du-maedi.



European Union – Laurent Fabius's participation in a meeting of the States Signatories to the Rome Statute (Rome - February 9, 2016)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Rome today at the invitation of his Italian counterpart in order to take part in a meeting of the States Signatories to the Rome Treaties; these treaties established the European Communities in 1957.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to start preparing for the 60th anniversary of this event, in collaboration with all member states, and to discuss current issues.



Development – Annick Girardin's participation in the meeting of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (Paris - February 9, 2016)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will chair the 6th meeting of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity today.

The first meeting this year of French development actors will bring together representatives of communities, Parliament, NGOs, trade unions, businesses and the research sector.

It will primarily focus on closer collaboration between the French Development Agency and the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (Deposits and Consignments Fund). This collaboration will make it possible to increase France's support for the fight against extreme poverty and climate change in developing countries by €4 billion by 2020.

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris climate agreement will also be included in the agenda.



Mexico – Visit by Matthias Fekl (Mexico City / Querétaro - February 9-11, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will travel to Mexico today, together with a business delegation, for the inaugural flight of the A380 operated by Air France in the presence of Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France.

Seven months after President Enrique Peña Nieto's visit to France, this trip will provide an opportunity for Matthias Fekl to work on strengthening our bilateral relations with the ministers of foreign affairs, tourism and the economy, as well as with the deputy minister of transport and the mayor of Mexico City.

He will take part, alongside Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a meeting of the French-Mexican Strategic Council, which will be co-chaired by Ambassador Philippe Faure and Jorge Castañeda. He will close the High Level Group on Tourism and launch, on February 10, the Atout France campaign to promote the regional destinations of Bourgogne, Aquitaine and Paris. Matthias Fekl will also chair the ceremony to mark the signing of a letter of intent for a French Development Agency loan to help finance Mexico City's metro system and will inaugurate Safran's engine maintenance facility in Querétaro.

The minister of state will meet with the French community and its elected representatives during his visit.



Syria / United Nations – Publication of report on death of detainees (February 8, 2016)

France took note of the report by the international commission of inquiry on Syria established by the Human Rights Council, which published it on February 8.

This damning report illustrates yet again the cruelty of the Bashar al-Assad regime and that of Daesh, as well as their absolute contempt for human life. France notes that the atrocities committed by the regime and by Daesh have again been characterized by the commission of inquiry as crimes against humanity.

Thousands of people, including women, children and human rights defenders, are still being held arbitrarily in the regime's prisons, where they are exposed to torture and forced disappearances as part of a systematic and deliberate state policy. France demands their immediate release.

France is actively engaged in fighting impunity for the crimes committed in Syria, as when it turned the photos in the Cesar case over to the courts. Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the independent commission of inquiry, is currently in Paris where he is meeting with French authorities to discuss the challenges involved in fighting impunity in Syria.



Democratic Republic of Congo – Deadly clashes in North Kivu (February 7, 2016)

France is concerned by the renewed violence in the eastern DRC, particularly in the Lubero area, where clashes between armed groups left many dead on February 7.

These events serve as a reminder of how fragile the security situation remains in that country, and call for a robust, coordinated response by the security forces deployed in the region.

The signing of a technical agreement opening the way to the resumption of full cooperation between Congolese armed forces and troops from the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is a positive development that must become a reality as swiftly as possible.



Germany – Rail accident in Bavaria (February 9, 2016)

We were shocked to learn of this morning's deadly collision of two trains near Bad Aibling, Germany, which left at least eight dead and more than 100 injured, according to preliminary estimates.

We offer our condolences to the victims' loved ones.

France assures the German authorities of its full support in this tragedy.


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