The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - July 2, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Mali / Attack on G5 Sahel Joint Force HQ in Sévaré – Statement by Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (June 30, 2018) [Reminder]

◢  Election of António Vitorino to the head of the International Organization for Migration – Statement by Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian

◢  Denmark – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Ulla Pedersen Tørnæs, minister for development cooperation (Paris - July 2, 2018)

◢  UN – Third United Nations Small Arms Review Conference (June 29, 2018)

◢  Hungary

 
Mali / Attack on G5 Sahel Joint Force HQ in Sévaré – Statement by Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (June 30, 2018) [Reminder]

I strongly condemn the attack on the headquarters of the G5 Sahel Joint Force in Sévaré, Mali, which killed several soldiers from the Joint Force and injured others.

I offer my condolences to the families of the victims, wish those injured a speedy recovery, and express my full solidarity with the Malian authorities and other G5 countries.

This attack strengthens our resolve to stand by our G5 partners in the fight against terrorism. The Joint Force has already demonstrated its usefulness in the fight against terrorism and must continue to conduct operations in the coming months. We remain at the disposal of the Malian authorities and the G5 to provide our support and expertise on strengthening the camp's security, should they desire such assistance.



Election of António Vitorino to the head of the International Organization for Migration – Statement by Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian

I want to offer my warm wishes to António Vitorino, who was elected to lead the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on June 29.

I welcome the prospect of working closely with Mr. Vitorino on all the issues on the IOM's agenda, and express my full confidence in his ability and determination to develop and implement a renewed vision of the role and operations of the IOM in dealing with these challenges.

It is a European who is assuming the leadership of this organization at a time when the challenges for our continent are crucial and require a comprehensive approach to migration, as reaffirmed by the European Council in its conclusions of June 28.

Since its establishment in 1951, the IOM has played a major role in managing migration and ensuring respect for human rights and international solidarity. It has a vital role to play in promoting the legal movement of persons in accordance with national rules on foreign nationals' entry, residence and work, and in ensuring respect for migrants' rights.

France's commitment to migratory issues continues through its support for the IOM's work and efforts to impose international sanctions on migrant traffickers and those responsible for human trafficking. It is in this spirit that France is actively participating in the negotiation of a pact on safe, regular and orderly migration, with a view to its adoption in Marrakech in December. This pact will help improve the international governance of migration.



Denmark – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Ulla Pedersen Tørnæs, minister for development cooperation (Paris - July 2, 2018)

Today Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the minister for Europe and foreign affairs, hosted Ulla Pedersen Tørnæs, the Danish minister for development cooperation.

The purpose of this meeting was to identify and step up possibilities for French-Danish development cooperation, particularly in the Sahel. Several possibilities are being considered relating to gender equality, sexual and reproductive health, education and youth. The ministers also discussed European development issues, especially the multiannual financial framework, the African Peace Facility, and the future architecture for external investment.



UN – Third United Nations Small Arms Review Conference (June 29, 2018)

Presided over by France, the Third United Nations Small Arms Review Conference unanimously adopted a substantive final document on June 29 in New York.

Following two weeks of negotiation, preceded by a complete preparatory process, the UN member states adopted a political declaration, an operational action plan for the implementation of the program of action on small arms and light weapons, the International Tracing Instrument attached to it on the marking and tracing of such items, and a timetable for meetings over the next six years.

These latest commitments should make it possible to more effectively combat the illegal trade in firearms at the national, regional, and global levels. The trafficking of such weapons fuels terrorism, organized crime, and armed violence, is a major cause of destabilization, and results in some 500,000 deaths each year.

We applaud the efforts made by all the delegations and the participation of civil society, which made it possible to achieve this significant result, and call for the full implementation of the conclusions that were adopted.



Hungary

Why was the ambassador to Hungary replaced? Will the Ministry be offered a new opportunity?

Eric Fournier has been in Budapest since 2015. His departure is part of the regular rotation of ambassadors. He will soon be succeeded by Pascale Andréani, following her accreditation by the Hungarian authorities on May 18.


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