The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - March 15, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Myanmar/Burma / Election of the new president – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (March 15, 2016)

◢  Norway – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart (Paris - March 16, 2016)

◢  European Union – Harlem Désir's participation in the General Affairs Council meeting (Brussels - March 15, 2016)

◢  China / Economic diplomacy – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Zhong Shan (Paris - March 15, 2016)

◢  Syria – Country enters its sixth year of conflict (March 15, 2016)

◢  United Arab Emirates – French-Emirati Cultural Program (2016)

◢  Human Rights – Adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2272 on sexual abuse (March 11, 2016)

 
Myanmar/Burma / Election of the new president – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (March 15, 2016)

France welcomes the election of the new president of Burma, conducted within the framework of the current constitution, following a democratic election process. It wishes him every success as he undertakes the exceptionally important duties entrusted to him by the Burmese Parliament.

The election of Htin Kyaw marks the continuation of the country's transition, after Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections, symbolizing the Burmese people's high expectations. France stands alongside Burma on its path toward democracy, development and national reconciliation.



Norway – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart (Paris - March 16, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet with Borge Brende, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, on March 16, 2016.

During their first meeting, they will take stock of our bilateral cooperation and our common action to address crises.

The two ministers will discuss the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, achieved with Norway's active support. They will discuss the fight against terrorism, notably the fight against Daesh. The discussions will provide an opportunity to take stock of the main European issues relating to Norway, as a member of the European Economic Area and the Schengen Area.



European Union – Harlem Désir's participation in the General Affairs Council meeting (Brussels - March 15, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today participate in the General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, which will be notably devoted to preparations for the European Council meeting on March 17 and 18.

The General Affairs Council will decide on the new version of the agreement on better lawmaking, which aims to improve how the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission work together, in order to create a more effective Europe that is closer to the citizens.

The ministers will also discuss how the cohesion policy is helping to strengthen growth and employment as well as the simplification of this policy, as proposed by France.



China / Economic diplomacy – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Zhong Shan (Paris - March 15, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will today receive Zhong Shan, Deputy Minister for Trade of the People's Republic of China.

They will continue the dialogue initiated during Matthias Fekl's visit to China in September 2015 and will notably discuss, within the framework of the comprehensive strategic partnership between our two countries, our cooperation in the areas of agriculture, sustainable cities, and health, as well as our cooperation in third countries.

Trade between France and China increased to €64.5 billion in 2015. China is France's 6th largest export market.



Syria – Country enters its sixth year of conflict (March 15, 2016)

As the Syrian conflict enters its sixth year, France renews its call for a political solution to this terrible crisis that has led to the death of 270,000 people, the disappearance of an equivalent number of people, the displacement of half of the Syrian population and major destruction.

France lends its full support to the efforts to resume the inter-Syrian negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations. It supports the efforts of UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura and commends the spirit of responsibility demonstrated by the opposition's High Committee by participating in these efforts in good faith. The Syrian regime must do the same.

The goal of these negotiations is clear: They must lead to a political transition in accordance with the Geneva Communiqué and UNSCR 2254.

In order to facilitate these negotiations, France calls for full compliance with the truce, while the regime continues to target the moderate opposition. It is also essential to ensure full humanitarian access to the populations in need, in accordance with the Security Council resolutions and international humanitarian law, while the Syrian regime is continuing to obstruct access.

France hopes that the announced withdrawal of Russian troops will help achieve a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict.



United Arab Emirates – French-Emirati Cultural Program (2016)

France and the United Arab Emirates are inaugurating a French-Emirati Cultural Program to celebrate the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, in late 2016.

This cultural season, reflecting the wish for openness and dialogue, will begin on March 16 in Manarat Al Saadiyat (Abu Dhabi). The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester conducted by Christoph Eschenbach will perform two original musical creations, one by Emirati soloist Faisal Al Saari, and one by French composer Français Bruno Mantovani, featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon.

This extraordinary concert reflects the shared ambition of France and the United Arab Emirates to strengthen their strategic partnership.

For more information, visit http://fdip.fr/8bcEV.



Human Rights – Adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2272 on sexual abuse (March 11, 2016)

With France's support, on March 11 the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2272 on sexual abuse in UN peacekeeping.

This resolution reaffirms the principle of zero tolerance for sexual abuse committed by forces sent or authorized by the UN to restore or maintain peace, and calls on all actors to redouble their efforts with respect to training and investigation. This is an important step toward preventing and combating sexual abuse.


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