The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - April 4, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Meeting between Jean-Yves le Drian and his counterpart (Paris - April 4, 2018)

◢  Central African Republic – Attack on MINUSCA (April 3, 2018)

◢  Climate – France's ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (March 29, 2018)

 
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Meeting between Jean-Yves le Drian and his counterpart (Paris - April 4, 2018)

On April 4, Jean-Yves Le Drian is hosting Nikola Dimitrov, foreign minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

They will work on strengthening our bilateral relations, especially with respect to the economic plan and in the areas of security and La Francophonie. The ministers will discuss the centennial of the end of WWI, which will see common commemorations in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia where some 20,000 French soldiers on the Eastern Front lost their lives.

France will express its support for the reforms undertaken by the government as part of FYROM's rapprochement with the EU and will underscore the importance of the rule of law. The meeting will also be an opportunity to work on preparations for the EU-Western Balkans summit, which will be held on May 17 in Sofia.

Mr. Le Drian will also discuss the challenges of regional cooperation and the European Neighborhood Policy in the Western Balkans and will express our support for the discussions under way between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the dispute concerning the latter’s name, in order to reach a mutually acceptable solution.



Central African Republic – Attack on MINUSCA (April 3, 2018)

France condemns the attack on MINUSCA carried out on April 3 in Tagbara village (near Bambari), which left one Mauritanian peacekeeper dead and 11 wounded.

We offer our condolences to the family of the dead peacekeeper and to the Mauritanian authorities, and wish those who were wounded a speedy recovery.

France reiterates its full support for the actions carried out by MINUSCA, which is evolving in a difficult context and paying a heavy toll for the success of its mission. It reaffirms that attacks on peacekeepers may be a war crime and calls for those responsible to be brought to justice.

France furthermore expresses its strong concern following MINUSCA's discovery of the bodies of 21 civilians in the same village and demands a thorough investigation of the circumstances of this tragedy.

This violence against peacekeepers and civilians confirms the need to move forward swiftly with the implementation of the joint road map for peace and reconciliation adopted on July 17, 2017, in Libreville, with a view to the effective disarmament of armed groups.



Climate – France's ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (March 29, 2018)

On March 29, France became the 31st state to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

The aim of this amendment adopted in Kigali on October 15, 2016, is to incorporate hydrofluorocarbons—powerful greenhouse gases used mainly in refrigeration and air conditioning—into the Montreal Protocol, which entered in force on January 1, 1989.

By setting a timetable for reducing the consumption and production of HFCs, the Kigali Amendment should make it possible to prevent some 72 billion tons of CO2 equivalent of emissions by 2050 and temperature increases of nearly 0.5°C due to HFCs by 2100. It will therefore fully contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The approval of this amendment, whose requirements are already covered by our national law, including our obligations under European law, reaffirm France's ambitious and unwavering commitment to the fight against climate change and the protection of the environment.

The Kigali Amendment will enter in force on January 1, 2019.


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