The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - May 6, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Syria (May 6, 2016)

◢  United States – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and John Kerry (May 9, 2016)

◢  European Union – Europe Day (May 9, 2016)

 
Syria (May 6, 2016)

France utterly condemns the bombing by the regime on May 5 of a camp for displaced persons in northern Syria. This fresh attack, which deliberately targeted a civilian camp, caused the death of around 30 people, including women and children.

This appalling and unacceptable act could constitute a war crime and a crime against humanity, according to the International Criminal Court's Rome Statute. The perpetrators must be held accountable and brought to justice. France calls for an impartial and independent investigation to be carried out in order to shed full light on this heinous act.

France also expresses its deep concern at the situation in the prison in Hama due to the high risk that the regime could retaliate with deadly force in order to put an end to the uprising by the prisoners, a large number of whom are political prisoners belonging to opposition groups. France calls on the regime 's supporters to bring pressure to bear in order to avoid another massacre in Syria.

The violations of the truce must stop and the humanitarian situation must improve, especially in Daraya, in order to allow the inter-Syrian negotiations for a political transition to resume.

It is in this extremely troubling context and with this objective in mind that Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will chair, on Monday, May 9, at the Quai d'Orsay, a ministerial meeting in the so-called "Paris" format, which will be attended by the representative of the Syrian opposition, Riyad Hijab.



United States – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and John Kerry (May 9, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, for a working dinner on Monday, May 9.

Their meeting will notably focus on Syria, the peace process in the Middle East and the situation in Ukraine.



European Union – Europe Day (May 9, 2016)

Every year, May 9 marks the anniversary of the Robert Schumann Declaration. On this symbolic day, Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Strasbourg, the seat of the European institutions, notably the European Parliament.

Jean-Marc Ayrault will take part in the press conference for the "Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament" campaign.

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will also attend a series of events to celebrate Europe Day. On Saturday, May 7, he will inaugurate, together with Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, the "European village" set up on the square in front of Paris City Hall. He will take part in a debate on Europe.

On Monday, May 9, Mr. Désir will meet with high school students at the Jean Monnet House in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne to take part in a debate on "Europe and young people" involving students from Hélène Boucher Vocational High School in Tremblay-en-France.

He will plant, together with the students, a tree symbolizing Europe's commitment to young people. He will also visit Gustave Eiffel Vocational High School in Paris, which will host a day of educational workshops on Europe.

Harlem Désir will also sign an agreement with the European institutions on a strategic partnership on communication at the Maison de l'Europe de Paris, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.


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