The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - February 25, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Cyprus – Harlem Désir's participation in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Mediterranean countries of the European Union (February 25-26, 2016)

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo – Sentencing of human rights activists (February 25, 2016)

 
Cyprus – Harlem Désir's participation in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Mediterranean countries of the European Union (February 25-26, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit Cyprus from February 25 to 26 in order to participate in the 3rd meeting of the foreign ministers of the Mediterranean countries of the European Union ("Med Group") together with the Cypriot, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Maltese and Portuguese ministers.

The discussions will mainly focus on relations between the EU and Arab countries as well as the various regional crises, notably in Syria and Libya.

On the sidelines of this meeting, Harlem Désir will meet with President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades, the leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, Mustafa Akinci, and Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. These meetings will provide an opportunity to take stock of the progress of inter-Cypriot negotiations and to reaffirm France's support for the island's reunification.



Democratic Republic of Congo – Sentencing of human rights activists (February 25, 2016)

France is concerned at the mandatory prison sentences handed down to six human rights activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the run-up to major elections and in accordance with the Constitution, civil society must be able to take part in a calm democratic debate and political leaders must not be prevented from carrying out their activities.

We urge the Congolese authorities to respect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with the international commitments to which the Democratic Republic of Congo has subscribed.



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