The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - July 27, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Terrorism – Attack in Nice (July 15, 2016)

◢  Morocco – United Nations

Terrorism – Attack in Nice (July 15, 2016)

The prime minister activated the Interministerial Victim Support Unit (CIAV) yesterday evening at the premises of the Quai d'Orsay's crisis and support center.

More than 80 people are mobilized within the CIAV, which brings together officials from the Ministries of Justice, the Interior (forensic identification and sécurité civile [emergency services]), Health and Foreign Affairs, representatives of the public prosecutor's office, health professionals (Red Cross and emergency medico-psychological unit) as well as members of victim support associations (INAVEM (National Institute for Victim Support and Mediation) and FENVAC (National Federation for the Victims of Disasters)).

The CIAV is liaising with the families of all of the victims and those who were injured. A special telephone number has been set up for their loved ones: 01 43 17 56 46 (00 33 1 43 17 56 46 from overseas). More than 7,500 calls have already been taken. The CIAV is also liaising with foreign embassies in France.

CIAV officials are on hand at the welcome center for victims' families set up in Nice and are working with the departments of the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture.

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, who was taking part in the 11th ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Summit, cut short his visit in order to return to Paris.

Morocco – United Nations

What's your response to the return of MINURSO's civilian personnel yesterday?

We welcome the return, on July 14, of an initial group of civilian staff members of MINURSO to the headquarters in Laayoune, in accordance with the agreement concluded between the UN and Morocco, which France applauds.

France hopes that MINURSO will be able, once again, to fully exercise its functions, in accordance with UNSCR 2285.

France will continue to lend its support to the UN-led political process to achieve a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution. It considers the plan for autonomy presented by Morocco in 2007 to be a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution.

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