The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - March 28, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Death of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame

◢  UN – Visit to New York by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (March 28, 2018)

◢  Democratic Republic of the Congo – Renewal of MONUSCO mandate (New York - March 27, 2018)

 
Death of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs pays tribute to the memory of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, who died on March 24.

We hail the extraordinary courage of this officer who gave his life in the service of the nation.

Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, who had joined the Parachute Intervention Squadron of the Gendarmerie Nationale in 2003, took part in missions to protect French diplomatic facilities. He directed the security detachment of the French Embassy in Baghdad in 2005 at a time of deep insecurity. For this Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame received the Cross for Military Valor and the Honor Medal of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs expresses its deep gratitude for the services of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame. It applauds the commitment of all our gendarmerie and police personnel to ensure the security of our embassies and employees worldwide.

We offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, his loved ones and his companions.



UN – Visit to New York by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (March 28, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting New York on March 28 to attend the Security Council's open debate on peacekeeping operations.

This debate, which will be chaired by the Dutch Prime Minister, is part of the momentum for peacekeeping created by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Mr. Lemoyne will stress France's support for the peacekeepers.

France is the fifth-largest contributor to the budget for peacekeeping operations and is an active participant with 820 peacekeepers, most based in Lebanon. It also works on the ground to support the UN, particularly with the Barkhane force in Mali. We play an active role in the Security Council developing mandates for operations and also train numerous troops and police officers who subsequently serve under the UN flag.

During his visit, Mr. Lemoyne will meet with Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, the British Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. He will also meet with the group of ambassadors from French-speaking countries and will discuss peacekeeping with representatives of think tanks and civil society organizations.



Democratic Republic of the Congo – Renewal of MONUSCO mandate (New York - March 27, 2018)

France applauds the UN Security Council's unanimous adoption of resolution 2409 on March 27, which renews the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) for one year.

This mission has two priorities: protecting civilian populations and providing support for the holding of transparent, credible and peaceful elections under the terms of the Congolese Constitution, scheduled for December 23 2018.

The unanimous adoption of resolution 2409 reflects the Security Council's unity on the political and security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It remains troubling. France therefore reiterates its call to implement the civilian protection mandate and to respect human rights and fundamental liberties. It underscores the importance of fully implementing the agreement of December 31, 2016, particularly the measures relating to political opening, such as the release of political prisoners and ending the prosecution of dissidents.


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