The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - August 16, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Yemen – Bombing of a hospital (August 15, 2016)

◢  Syria – Recapturing of the city of Manbij (August 13, 2016)

◢  Syria – Bombing (August 13-14, 2016)

◢  Iraq – Appointment of five new ministers (August 15, 2016)

◢  Venezuela – Sentencing of Leopoldo Lopez (August 16, 2016)

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo – Massacre in Beni (August 13-14, 2016)

◢  Peru – Earthquake (August 14-15, 2016)

◢  Syria

Yemen – Bombing of a hospital (August 15, 2016)

France condemns the bombing of a hospital on Monday, August 15 in Abs, in northern Yemen which left 11 people dead and several others injured, including members of the NGO, Doctors Without Borders. It extends its condolences to the victims' families.

We call on the parties to implement UNSCR 2216 and to comply with international law and the Geneva Conventions.

In accordance with resolution 2286, the protection of medical personnel and immediate, full, safe and unrestricted humanitarian access throughout the Yemeni territory are essential.

Syria – Recapturing of the city of Manbij (August 13, 2016)

France welcomes the liberation of Manbij by the Syrian Democratic Forces, with the support of the international coalition against Daesh.

This strategic victory against the terrorist organization contributes to the weakening of Daesh. It marks a further step toward isolating Raqqa, Daesh's main Syrian stronghold and the international coalition's primary objective in Syria.

France calls for the establishment of a pluralistic system of governance in Manbij and the towns that have been liberated from Daesh's control.

Syria – Bombing (August 13-14, 2016)

France condemns the aerial bombardments by the regime and its supporters, which killed several dozen people in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo in Syria on August 14 and 15.

These attacks are escalating, resulting in more and more civilian victims.

France is alarmed by the rapid deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation throughout the Syrian territory. The regime bears primary responsibility for this as a result of its stubborn refusal to comply with the cessation of hostilities agreement and to engage in good faith in the political negotiations.

Iraq – Appointment of five new ministers (August 15, 2016)

France welcomes the decision by Iraq's Parliament to approve the appointment of five new ministers.

It hopes that these appointments will make it possible to accelerate the national reconciliation efforts.

We reaffirm our full support for the Iraqi government in the fight against terrorism.

Venezuela – Sentencing of Leopoldo Lopez (August 16, 2016)

France is closely following the situation in Venezuela, which has been in a state of heightened tension for several months now.

We reiterate our deep concern over the questionable decision to uphold the 14-year prison sentence of Leopoldo Lopez, an opposition figure and founder of the Voluntad Popular party.

We call for the rule of law to be respected and for a dialogue to take place between the state and the opposition.

Democratic Republic of Congo – Massacre in Beni (August 13-14, 2016)

France condemns the massacre committed in Beni, located in North Kivu Province, which left several dozen dead. The perpetrators of these attacks must be brought to justice.

We offer our condolences to the victims' families and loved ones.

Peru – Earthquake (August 14-15, 2016)

France offers its heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed in the earthquake in Peru.

We assure the people and authorities of that country of our solidarity at this difficult time.


Ibrahim Bro, leader of the Kurdish National Council (ENKS), was arrested last weekend by the PYD in Qamishli, Syria, and forced to leave the country. What is your assessment of this situation? Has France spoken with the PYD in this regard, or is it considering an initiative to guarantee Bro's return to Syria?

France is closely following the situation of Ibrahim Bro, president of the Kurdish National Council.

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