The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 10, 2016
In this issue:

◢  European Union – Jean-Marc Ayrault's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels - November 14, 2016)

◢  United Nations – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General-elect (November 14, 2016)

◢  European Union – Matthias Fekl's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council on trade (Brussels - November 11, 2016)

◢  Nuclear / Non-proliferation – Reelection of Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO (November 7, 2016)

◢  Niger – Terrorist attack (November 8, 2016)

◢  Cambodia – Situation of Hong Sok Hou

 
European Union – Jean-Marc Ayrault's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels - November 14, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will take part in the Foreign Affairs Council on November 14. Work will focus on:

  • The situation in Turkey: The ministers will notably take stock of the latest developments in the internal situation, especially with respect to human rights and the freedom of the press;
  • The "Eastern Partnership:" The status of the reforms being carried out in the Eastern Partnership countries and the situation following the elections in Belarus, Georgia and Moldova will be reviewed. The next Eastern Partnership summit will take place in November 2017;
  • The Southern Neighborhood: The discussions will focus on the situation in Syria. The ministers will examine together with the high representative the role that the EU can play in helping the Syrian populations and supporting the efforts of Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, in order to achieve a political transition in accordance with UNSCR 2254. They will also take stock of the situation in Iraq and Libya;
  • Security and Defense: The ministers of foreign affairs and defense will take part in a joint session. They will give political impetus to European defense and security by setting out in concrete terms the principle of the EU's strategic autonomy. They will prepare for the European Council meeting in December which will focus in particular on these topics.



United Nations – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General-elect (November 14, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet with Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General-elect, on November 14. Mr. Guterres will also be received by President Hollande on the same day.

Mr. Guterres will assume office on January 1, 2017. In the run-up to this date, this first meeting since his appointment by the UN General Assembly on October 13, will provide an opportunity to discuss key international issues and the priorities that the next secretary-general would like to focus on during his tenure.

This meeting will also provide an opportunity to assure Antonio Guterres of France's full support in the exercise of the very important functions that will be entrusted to him on January 1, 2017.



European Union – Matthias Fekl's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council on trade (Brussels - November 11, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will take part in the Foreign Affairs Council on trade on November 11. This meeting will be mainly devoted to the modernization of the trade defense instruments and the EU's new anti-dumping methodology. This strategy is aimed at ensuring compliance with international trade rules and protecting European industry and jobs from unfair trade practices.

France will also examine the Commission's proposal regarding the new anti-dumping methodology very carefully, in order to ensure that it will maintain the same level of protection for our economies.



Nuclear / Non-proliferation – Reelection of Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO (November 7, 2016)

Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) since August 1, 2013, was appointed to a second term at the Preparatory Commission which met in Vienna on November 7.

We are delighted by the renewal of his term and congratulate the Executive Secretary on his work.

The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is one of the key instruments in the international disarmament and nonproliferation system. Twenty years after this treaty was opened for signature, and with 2016 marked by two new North Korean nuclear tests, France renews its call for its universal adoption and implementation.



Niger – Terrorist attack (November 8, 2016)

France strongly condemns the terrorist attack on November 8 that killed five members of Niger's security and defense forces stationed in the town of Banibangou, in the Tillabery region.

We offer our condolences to the victims' families and to the authorities of Niger. We applaud the latter's prompt responses and unwavering commitment in dealing with the cross-border terrorist threat.



Cambodia – Situation of Hong Sok Hou

We were concerned to learn of the conviction, on November 7, of Hong Sok Hour, a senator from the National Salvation Party, to seven years in prison.

France will continue to follow Hong Sok Hour's situation closely.


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