The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - August 8, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the war in Georgia (August 6, 2018)

◢  Afghanistan – Attack against a NATO patrol (August 5, 2018)

◢  Japan

Commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the war in Georgia (August 6, 2018)

Ten years after the armed conflict between Georgia and Russia, France reaffirms its attachment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders and calls on Russia to fully implement the commitments to which it subscribed on August 12, 2008.

The unilateral recognition of the self-proclaimed authorities of the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia challenges the sovereignty of Georgia and is a violation of its internationally recognized borders.

The militarization of these regions, as well as the obstacles to the adoption of trust-building measures and the strengthening of relations between these regions and the rest of Georgia are unacceptable and are obstructing the desired reconciliation between all of the country's inhabitants.

France will continue to take action to promote a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Georgia, based on the rules and fundamental principles of international law in order to secure the full implementation of the provisions of the cease-fire agreement of August 12, 2008.

Afghanistan – Attack against a NATO patrol (August 5, 2018)

France utterly condemns the suicide attack which killed three Czech soldiers belonging to NATO's Resolute Support Mission aimed at training, advising and assisting the Afghan defense forces and security institutions, and also injured Afghan and American soldiers.

It extends its condolences to the bereaved and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

France reaffirms its support for the NATO mission affected by this attack. It stands in solidarity with all members of the alliance combating terrorism in Afghanistan and reaffirms its support for the Afghan authorities in their fight against this scourge.


What is France doing to find Tiphaine Véron, the French national who disappeared while staying in the city of Nikko in Japan?

The Quai d'Orsay's crisis and support center and our embassy in Japan are making every effort to find our compatriot and are in daily contact with her family.

We are in continuous contact with the Japanese authorities in order to contribute to the investigation with the information available to us, to follow the investigation process and to liaise between the Japanese police and Tiphaine Véron's family. Our diplomatic services have disseminated the missing person alert issued by the Japanese police and have ensured that it is circulated as widely as possible. They have posted information about the disappearance on social media. On Sunday, August 5, the consul and a political advisor from the chancery traveled to Nikko, the city close to where Ms. Véron disappeared.

Our ambassador to Japan, Laurent Pic, traveled to Utsunomiya today. He met there with the Japanese police authorities and asked them to intensify and speed up the search, to widen their search perimeter and to mobilize all necessary resources.

He then met with Tiphaine Véron's family members in Nikko in order to continue lending them our support and to pass on their requests.

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