The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - April 5, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh – Telephone conversation between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Azerbaijani counterpart (April 4, 2016)

◢  Economic diplomacy – Visit by Matthias Fekl to Indonesia (April 6 to 7, 2016)

 
Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh – Telephone conversation between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Azerbaijani counterpart (April 4, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, called his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov, on April 4 in the afternoon to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. He had also spoken with his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, on Saturday, April 2.

The minister expressed our concerns to his interlocutors about the fighting currently taking place along the line of contact, underscored that the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh could not be resolved through force and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

He confirmed France’s determination to continue its efforts within the framework of its co-presidency alongside the United States and Russia of the Minsk Group to help find a lasting and peaceful solution to this conflict.

With the agreement of the parties, the American, French and Russian co-chairs of the Minsk Group will travel to Baku, Yerevan and Nagorno-Karabakh in the next few days.

With respect to the conflict between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, is the French government speaking with the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh?

France, which is a co-chair of the Minsk Group responsible for mediation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, has never recognized Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent entity, nor as part of the territory of the Republic of Armenia. We do not maintain bilateral contacts with the de facto authorities of this territory.

France, which is a co-chair of the Minsk Group, remains committed to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.



Economic diplomacy – Visit by Matthias Fekl to Indonesia (April 6 to 7, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will visit Indonesia from April 6 to 7 with a delegation of about 20 French companies from the aerospace, energy, transport, tourism and telecommunications sectors.

He will meet with several members of the Indonesian government, a country with which we have a strategic partnership, and in particular with Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and with the ministers for transport, planning, trade and communications, as well as with the deputy minister for tourism. Matthias Fekl will discuss the development of our bilateral trade relations with his interlocutors and will present the measures we have taken to enhance our country’s attractiveness.

Matthias Fekl will visit the Sanofi plant that will produce the dengue fever vaccine in Indonesia. With 7.5 million cases per year, Indonesia has the second highest incidence of this disease in the world.

Lastly, the minister of state will meet with the French community in Jakarta.



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