The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - October 10, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Yemen / Attack in Sana – Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (October 8, 2016)

◢  Jerusalem / Terrorist attack – Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (October 9, 2016)

◢  Culture/ Diplomatic archives – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault to La Courneuve (October 10, 2016)

◢  Human rights / World Day against the Death Penalty – Meeting held by Jean-Marc Ayrault and Harlem Désir with Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights (October 10, 2016)

◢  Haiti – French humanitarian assistance

◢  Higher education / Syrian refugees – Scholarship program for Syrian students

◢  Mozambique – Murder of Jeremias Pondeca (October 8, 2016)

◢  Turkey – Attack (October 9, 2016)

 
Yemen / Attack in Sana – Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (October 8, 2016)

France strongly condemns and expresses its profound shock at the attack in Sana on Saturday, October 8, which left more than 140 people dead and hundreds injured. It calls for an independent inquiry into this attack in order to identify the perpetrators.

It calls on all parties to the conflict to comply strictly with international humanitarian law and to refrain from any further attacks of this nature. This massacre again underscores the urgent need to find a political solution that will put an end to the war in Yemen.

France urges the parties to actively cooperate with Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who will be received by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, tomorrow, Monday, October 10. This meeting will provide an opportunity to review the situation and explore ways to resolve the conflict as swiftly as possible.



Jerusalem / Terrorist attack – Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (October 9, 2016)

France strongly condemns the terrorist attack that took place this morning in Jerusalem.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims' families and assure the injured of our solidarity.

France reaffirms its resolute opposition to all forms of terrorism, regardless of the cause it claims to defend.



Culture/ Diplomatic archives – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault to La Courneuve (October 10, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit the Diplomatic Archive Center in La Courneuve today.

This visit is taking place ahead of the "Art de la Paix" ("Art of Peace") exhibition, jointly organized by the Quai d'Orsay and the Petit Palais, which will be held from October 19, 2016, to January 15, 2017, and which will trace the history of France's international relations from the Middle Ages to the present day. Around a hundred treaties and exceptional documents will be unveiled to the public for the first time and will echo works of art, inviting reflection on France's pursuit of peace throughout the centuries.

This exhibition also seeks to make the diplomatic archives, which represent the heritage of all French people, accessible to the general public.

For more information on the diplomatic archives and the "Art de la Paix" exhibition, please visit: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/evenements-et-actualites-du-ministere/actualites-du-ministere-des-affaires-etrangeres-et-du-developpement/article/exposition-l-art-de-la-paix-secrets-et-tresors-de-la-diplomatie-19-10-16-15-01

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/archives-diplomatiques/



Human rights / World Day against the Death Penalty – Meeting held by Jean-Marc Ayrault and Harlem Désir with Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights (October 10, 2016)

On the occasion of World Day against the Death Penalty, which marks the 35th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in France, Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will meet with Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights.

They will discuss the unwavering commitment of France and the EU in support of the universal abolition of the death penalty and the importance of working together to achieve this goal. They will also take stock of the overall human rights situation around the world, especially in the countries where they are most under threat.

At Jean-Marc Ayrault's invitation, Stavros Lambrinidis will take part in the "Journalists and abolition" event at the Quai d'Orsay. Through this event, France is lending its support to the "EU4HumanRights" initiative led by Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Mr. Lambrinidis



Haiti – French humanitarian assistance

Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, French humanitarian assistance is en route to the country.

A cargo plane will arrive in Haiti during the night of October 10 to 11, carrying 68.5 tons of cargo, a portion of which is being supplied by 5 French NGOs (Medair, Mèdecins du monde, Première urgence internationale, Solidarités internationaI, Secours islamique France). It will notably deliver two water treatment stations, 13 tons of emergency relief supplies (water pumps, jerry cans, tarpaulins, etc.) and six water purification units and their transport solutions, provided by the Véolia Foundation and deployed with the support of Acted. The cargo will also include cholera treatment kits provided by EPRUS [Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Agency].

A second plane, provided by the Airbus Foundation, will take off on October 11, with 25 tons of cargo on board provided by Action Against Hunger, teams from the Véolia Foundation and 28 sécurité civile [emergency services] officers who will operate the water treatment and purification stations.

In addition, France has decided to increase its food assistance for Haiti as a matter of urgency: an additional €150,000 has been set aside for that purpose.

The priority areas for French assistance will be identified together with the Haitian authorities so that deliveries can begin on October 11. This French humanitarian assistance will be delivered in close coordination with the Haitian authorities and in cooperation with the EU.



Higher education / Syrian refugees – Scholarship program for Syrian students

France will receive its first intake of Syrian students from Lebanon on October 11. 34 Syrian students living in Lebanon have been selected to continue their studies in France during the 2016-2017 school year.

As part of the special assistance provided by France to Syrian refugees, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, has established a scholarship program to fund, for a period of 12 to 36 months, the university education of Syrian students enrolled in French higher education institutions.

This program, managed by Campus France, also provides for the payment of a subsidy to the host institutions in order to contribute to their support, mentoring and training initiatives.

In accordance with President Hollande's commitments to help Lebanon address the consequences of the Syrian crisis, €1 million will be allocated as part of this program to Syrian students living in Lebanon.



Mozambique – Murder of Jeremias Pondeca (October 8, 2016)

France was extremely concerned to learn of the murder on October 8 in Maputo of Jeremias Pondeca, member of the RENAMO delegation involved in the ongoing negotiations with the Mozambique authorities aimed at finding a lasting solution to the conflict between them.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Pondeca's family and friends.

France condemns all forms of violence and expects full light to be shed on this crime, the perpetrators of which must be brought to justice. France is lending its support to the efforts of the EU and international mediators aimed at facilitating a peaceful solution to the crisis, a necessary condition for the long-term normalization of the situation in Mozambique.



Turkey – Attack (October 9, 2016)

France condemns the terrorist attack carried out Sunday, October 9 in southeastern Turkey.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families and express our wholehearted solidarity with the Turkish authorities and people.


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