The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - August 3, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Libya – Attack in Benghazi (August 2, 2016)

◢  Syria – Indications of a possible chemical attack near Idlib (August 1, 2016)

◢  North Korea – Firing of two ballistic missiles (August 3, 2016)

Libya – Attack in Benghazi (August 2, 2016)

France condemns the attack in Benghazi on August 2 that left more than 20 dead.

We offer our condolences to the victims' families and reaffirm our solidarity with the Libyan people.

To effectively combat terrorism, France calls on all Libyans to accept the authority of the national unity government led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj

Syria – Indications of a possible chemical attack near Idlib (August 1, 2016)

France is deeply troubled by information pointing to a chemical attack in Saraqeb, near Idlib, on August 1. Such an attack would be unacceptable and a violation of international law.

A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had previously confirmed chlorine gas attacks on the Syrian people involving the use of helicopters operated only by Syrian regime forces.

France reiterates its support for the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism. It will pay close attention to the conclusions that will be reached in late August on the alleged chemical attacks in 2014 and 2015.

The perpetrators of these attacks must be held accountable in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2118, adopted on September 27, 2013.

North Korea – Firing of two ballistic missiles (August 3, 2016)

North Korea has fired two medium-range ballistic missiles, one of which went down near the Japanese coast. These launches represent a new threat to regional security and an unacceptable violation of the nonproliferation regime and UN Security Council resolutions.

France calls for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic programs, which jeopardize peace and security.

We will continue to work closely with our partners and reiterate the need for the entire international community to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions, particularly resolution 2270 of March 2, 2016.

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