The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - August 30, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Paraguay – Attack against soldiers (August 27, 2016)

◢  Kyrgyzstan – Attack against the Chinese Embassy (August 30, 2016)

◢  International Day against Nuclear Tests (August 29) : France is resolutely committed to the prohibition of nuclear tests

◢  United Nations / Human rights – International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances (August 30, 2016)

 
Paraguay – Attack against soldiers (August 27, 2016)

France condemns the attack carried out by an armed group against Paraguayan soldiers on August 27 in Arroyito, in the northern part of the country, which resulted in several casualties.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families.

France expresses its solidarity with the government and people of Paraguay.



Kyrgyzstan – Attack against the Chinese Embassy (August 30, 2016)

France condemns the attack targeted against the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek on August 30.

We express our solidarity with the staff of this diplomatic mission as well as with the Chinese authorities.

France, alongside its partners, supports Kyrgyzstan's efforts to strengthen the rule of law and combat terrorism.



International Day against Nuclear Tests (August 29) : France is resolutely committed to the prohibition of nuclear tests

We celebrated International Day against Nuclear Tests on August 29, as decided by the UN General Assembly in 2009.

France signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996 and ratified it in 1998. It dismantled its test site in the Pacific in 1998 in a manner that was irreversible.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the opening for signature of this treaty; we hope that it will enter into force as soon as possible.

France urges all states that have not signed or ratified the CTBT to do so as swiftly as possible, in order to contribute to international peace and security.



United Nations / Human rights – International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances (August 30, 2016)

On this "International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances" carried out by a state or with its approval, our thoughts turn first and foremost to the suffering being endured by the people of Syria. Numerous UN reports denounce this tragic situation. Our thoughts are also with the victims of this practice all over the world, especially in North Korea.

These serious human rights violations are unacceptable.

55,000 cases involving 105 countries have been referred to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances since its creation in 1980. The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance establishes the right to know the truth regarding the circumstances of the enforced disappearance, the progress and results of the investigation and the fate of the disappeared person. France calls on all states that have not yet done so to ratify this text and to recognize the competence of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances.


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