The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 31, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Israel - Palestinian Territories – New decisions to build homes in Israeli settlements

◢  Diplomatic archives – "May 1968 across the world" symposium (La Courneuve - June 7, 2018)

◢  Climate – United States

◢  Syria – Georgia

Israel - Palestinian Territories – New decisions to build homes in Israeli settlements

France condemns the decisions made by the Israeli authorities to allow the construction of almost 2,000 homes in 30 different settlements in the West Bank, specifically the decision relating to 92 homes close to the E1 area, an especially sensitive area which, as the Council of the European Union has repeatedly reaffirmed, threatens the very possibility of a viable and contiguous Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states. This decision confirms the concerns raised by the demolition orders issued against Bedouin communities in this area.

Settlement activity is contrary to international law, as reaffirmed by UNSCR 2334. In all of its forms, it promotes the de facto annexation of the West Bank, hinders the two-state solution and undermines the search for just and lasting peace. It also increases tensions on the ground and between populations.

For all these reasons, President Macron called, on December 22, for an end to settlement activity in order to preserve a credible political horizon.

France's priority is to endeavor to preserve the two-state solution and to help bring about the resumption of critical negotiations.

Diplomatic archives – "May 1968 across the world" symposium (La Courneuve - June 7, 2018)

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs will host an international symposium at the Diplomatic Archives Center in La Courneuve on June 7 entitled "May 1968 across the world" where, on the 50th anniversary of the May 1968 events, leading specialists, historians, diplomats and actors of the period will express their views.

This symposium falls within the framework of the policy to open up and promote the diplomatic archives, which are part of our shared heritage and are accessible to all.


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Climate – United States

A year ago, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the Paris climate deal. How is cooperation with the United States on this issue going to develop? Donald Trump had proposed brokering another deal; are you considering this possibility?

On June 1, 2017, the United States announced their intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

To date, it is continuing to participate in a constructive manner in the discussions under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. We hope it will remain in the agreement so that it does not isolate itself from the international community. We are continuing to engage in dialogue with this important partner in order to combat global warming and environmental degradation. As stated by President Macron, "the door is not closed."

Furthermore, we are continuing our work with the coalition of states, cities and public and private partners that have signed the "We are still in" declaration, a key actor of the global commitment to this common cause.

As it demonstrated in the discussions that took place during COP23 and confirmed during the "One Planet Summit" on December 12, France remains fully committed to the fight against global warming and continues to support all groups of actors that formed as a result of COP21.

Syria – Georgia

Syria announced that it recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. What's your response?

During his recent visit to Tbilisi, Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed France's attachment to respect for the independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, within its internationally recognized borders.

Any recognition of persons exercising de facto control over the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia constitutes, in this respect, a violation of international law.

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