The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 17, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Azerbaijan – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart (Paris - November 17, 2016)

◢  United Nations – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Ban Ki-moon (Paris - November 18, 2016)

◢  Central African Republic – André Vallini's participation in the donors' conference (Brussels - November 17, 2016)

◢  Myanmar/ Burma – Situation in Rakhine State

◢  Gabon / Equatorial Guinea – Border dispute

◢  International conference on the Middle East

 
Azerbaijan – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart (Paris - November 17, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov, today.

The meeting will focus on our bilateral relations as well as on efforts to find a negotiated, peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh within the framework of the mediation efforts by the co-chairs of the Minsk Group, of which France is a member alongside the United States and Russia.



United Nations – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Ban Ki-moon (Paris - November 18, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on November 18.

They will take stock of the challenges facing COP22 as well as the various regional crises, notably in the Middle East and on the African continent.



Central African Republic – André Vallini's participation in the donors' conference (Brussels - November 17, 2016)

André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will take part in the donors' conference in support of the Central African Republic today in Brussels.

André Vallini will reaffirm France's support for the people of the Central African Republic and for the efforts to promote the country's recovery led by President Touadéra. Beyond Operation Sangaris, France is committed to supporting the Central African Republic, notably by providing more than €76 million in civilian aid since January 2014 for emergency situations, election support, and support for resolving the crisis and the country's development.

André Vallini will announce an increase in this assistance over the next three years, bringing it to a total of €85 million over the period 2017 to 2019. This package will include €15 million for the "Bêkou" (which means "hope" in Sango) multi-donor trust fund for emergency situations and development; this is the first European fund aimed at swiftly and effectively addressing needs.



Myanmar/ Burma – Situation in Rakhine State

France is extremely concerned about the escalating violence in Rakhine State, especially against the Rohingya minority.

We call for an immediate end to this violence, for the protection of civilians and for respect for the rule of law. It is especially important to ensure humanitarian access and to shed full light on these events.

The only way to resolve this conflict is through dialogue between all parties.



Gabon / Equatorial Guinea – Border dispute

France welcomes the signing on November 15 in Marrakesh of an agreement between Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, which provides for the referral of the border dispute between the two countries to the International Criminal Court.

France commends the UN mediation aimed at reaching this agreement, which falls in line with efforts to facilitate the peaceful settlement of disputes between states, in accordance with Chapter 6 of the UN Charter



International conference on the Middle East

Is the international conference on the Middle East before the end of the year still on the agenda or have plans been shelved given the context (rejection by Netanyahu, election of Trump)?

As President Hollande reaffirmed in his speech to the UN General Assembly on September 20, our goal is to convene an international conference in order to help relaunch the Middle East peace process.

We are working closely with our partners and in collaboration with the parties to that end. Following his working visits to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Vimont has just visited the United States. He will continue this work during his upcoming visits to our main partner countries.


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