The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - March 29, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Central African Republic – Jean-Marc Ayrault attending inauguration of new president (Bangui - March 30, 2016)

◢  Turkey – European diplomats at the trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül (March 25, 2016)

◢  Haiti – Appointment of an interim government (March 27, 2016)

◢  Opening of negotiations on a future agreement on the implementation of 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (March 28, 2016)

 
Central African Republic – Jean-Marc Ayrault attending inauguration of new president (Bangui - March 30, 2016)

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault will represent President Hollande in Bangui at the inauguration ceremony on March 30 for the new elected president, Faustin Archange Touadéra, with whom he will meet.

He will also meet with interim president Catherine Samba Panza; Hervé Ladsous, UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations; and Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, UN special representative for the Central African Republic and head of MINUSCA.

Defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will also attend the inauguration.



Turkey – European diplomats at the trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül (March 25, 2016)

Diplomats follow events in their country of residence and therefore regularly attend hearings as observers. This practice is in line with the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations.

Freedom of expression and of the press, the right to inform, and the ability to express criticism are key elements of the democratic debate, and all the more so in a country that belongs to the Council of Europe and is a candidate for the European Union. This is the context in which our consul-general in Istanbul attended the trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, editor-in-chief and head of the Ankara bureau of the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, as an observer, and in the company of other—notably European—diplomats.

France stresses that it is important for diplomats to be able to continue to do their jobs. Along with our European partners, we continue to follow developments in Turkey, a country with which we have a wide-ranging, constructive dialogue characterized by trust.



Haiti – Appointment of an interim government (March 27, 2016)

France notes with satisfaction that since March 27, Haiti has a Prime Minister and an interim government that have been approved by Parliament.

It calls on the legislature and the interim administration to work together to tackle the urgent issues facing the country.

France welcomes the March 28th appointment, by presidential decree, of a new provisional electoral council tasked with promptly completing the electoral process begun in 2015 to restore constitutional order, in accordance with the agreement of February 5.



Opening of negotiations on a future agreement on the implementation of 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (March 28, 2016)

The first session of the preparatory committee tasked with drafting elements of a text for a future agreement relating to the implementation of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea got under way in New York on March 28. It comes in the wake of Resolution 69/292 of June 19, 2015, which notes that marine ecosystems beyond areas of national jurisdiction are threatened by the combined effects of expanded human activities, pollution, and climate change.

Given the above, it seemed clear that the Montego Bay agreement on the Law of the Sea needed to be supplemented in order to provide for ocean governance on an integrated, global scale.

The future agreement will have four components:

  • access to marine genetic resources and benefit-sharing related to their use
  • a legal instrument to establish protected marine areas in areas outside of national jurisdiction
  • environmental impact studies to predict and curtail the effect of human activities on ecosystems
  • capacity building and marine technology transfers to help developing countries experience “blue growth” that respects the marine environment.

France advocates an ambitious, balanced agreement to ensure optimum protection of marine biodiversity while allowing for the sustainable, reasonable exploitation of ocean resources benefiting all nations and their people.



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