The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - June 8, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Sweden – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (Stockholm - June 11, 2018)

◢  Ministerial meeting in the Normandy format (Berlin - June 11, 2018)

◢  United Nations – Adoption of sanctions on individuals involved in human trafficking and migrant trafficking in Libya (June 8, 2018)

 
Sweden – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (Stockholm - June 11, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Stockholm on June 11. He will meet with his counterpart Margot Wallström and visit the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) to discuss key current European and international issues with a group of parliamentarians.

France enjoys close bilateral relations with Sweden. Jean-Yves Le Drian's visit follows that of President Macron, who met with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven during the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg in November. A bilateral partnership for innovation and green solutions was signed on this occasion, confirming the concrete commitment of our two countries to combating the effects of global warming and to working to protect the environment.

We share with Sweden a vision of an international order based on multilateralism, the rule of law, democracy and openness. We defend this vision together at the UN Security Council; Sweden is serving as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2017-2018 biennium and is therefore a key partner on a very large number of international issues, such as the Middle East peace process and crisis management in Africa, where it notably contributes to stabilization in Mali, and more broadly the Sahel, through its active involvement in MINUSMA.



Ministerial meeting in the Normandy format (Berlin - June 11, 2018)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves le Drian will travel to Berlin on June 11 to attend a ministerial meeting in the Normandy format. Bringing together Ukraine and Russia, as well as Germany and France as co-mediators, this discussion format established four years ago on the sidelines of ceremonies marking the D-Day Landing on June 6, 1944, aims to resolve the Donbass conflict.

Attending his first ministerial meeting in the Normandy format, as is his German counterpart, the minister expresses France and Germany's hope that the parties will swiftly recommit to the implementation of the Minsk agreements of September 2014 and February 2015. The ministerial meeting in Berlin follows recent contacts between the heads of state and government of the Normandy format countries: a meeting between the French President and the German Chancellor with the Ukrainian President in Aachen on May 10, and trips to Russia by Madam Merkel and the French President on May 18 and May 24-25 respectively.

As President Macron emphasized on May 24 during his visit to Saint Petersburg, the coming months will be decisive. Without concrete advances on the political, humanitarian, economic, and security fronts, it's the credibility of the current peace process that is at stake. Everything must be done to end a situation marked by hundreds of cease-fire violations each day, dozens of deaths each month, the use of heavy weaponry, and a deteriorated humanitarian situation for residents of the conflict zone.

France and Germany will therefore make proposals to Ukraine and Russia in each of these areas in order to build momentum for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements and culminating with the return of Ukraine's sovereignty over territories currently under separatist control within a framework of local autonomy.



United Nations – Adoption of sanctions on individuals involved in human trafficking and migrant trafficking in Libya (June 8, 2018)

At the initiative of France, and as Jean-Yves Le Drian had pledged, the UN Security Council has adopted individual sanctions against people involved in human trafficking and migrant trafficking in Libya.

We applaud the adoption of these sanctions, which meet President Macron's goal of improving the international response to the migration crisis in cooperation with our partners in the UN, the EU and the African Union, following meetings between heads of state and government held in Paris in August 2017 and in November 2017 in Abidjan.

This unanimous Security Council decision reflects the international community's determination to combat this despicable trafficking, which destroys human lives, fuels a criminal economy, and threatens the stability of Libya, its neighbors, and the Euro-Mediterranean region. There can be no impunity for these crimes.

A sustainable, credible response to the migration crisis in Libya will only be possible as part of an inclusive political solution that respects the commitments taken by the four main Libyan protagonists on May 29 in Paris, allowing for the holding of elections and the unification of all the country's armed forces under a single civilian authority.


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