The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - October 26, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Publication of the report by the FIDH on "Sexual crimes against the Yazidi community: the role of Daesh foreign fighters" (October 25, 2018)

◢  Ethiopia – Appointment of Sahle-Work Zewde as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (October 25, 2018)

◢  Armenia – Azerbaijan

 
Publication of the report by the FIDH on "Sexual crimes against the Yazidi community: the role of Daesh foreign fighters" (October 25, 2018)

We took note yesterday of the report by the FIDH on the atrocious crimes committed in a systematic manner against hundreds of Yazidi women who were singled out as targets by Daesh.

During his meeting with Nadia Murad, a winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, President Macron reaffirmed France's commitment to combating impunity for crimes committed in Syria and Iraq, which should, in many cases, be classified as crimes against humanity. He announced several important initiatives in support of the Yazidi population.

France has taken resolute action to combat impunity for the crimes committed in Syria and Iraq in a number of ways. France has supported several projects, including the FIDH investigation aimed at gathering evidence of the crimes committed by Daesh against the Yazidi population, with a view to initiating legal proceedings. France co-sponsored UNSCR 2379 which provides for the creation of an investigation team tasked with collecting evidence of all crimes perpetrated by Daesh in Iraq. We also reaffirm our commitment to the zero tolerance policy with respect to sexual violence: France will make the fight against sexual violence one of the priority action areas of its presidency of the G7 in order to identify the course of action that will most effectively prevent violence and facilitate the social reintegration of victims.

Furthermore, President Macron announced during Nadia Murad's visit that France would strengthen its assistance for the Sinjar region, in terms of humanitarian support as well with respect to support for reconstruction. France has already mobilized €7.5 million to help the Yazidi population in Iraq. He also decided to lend his patronage to the launch by Nadia Murad of a fund to help rebuild Sinjar, which will notably help build infrastructure, schools and hospitals as well as encourage the uprooted Yazidi population to return home. President Macron invited Nadia Murad to present this initiative to several heads of state and government at the Paris Peace Forum on November 11.

President Macron also announced that in response to Nadia Murad's proposal, France would receive 100 Yazidi women who have suffered at the hands of Daesh and who are trapped without medical care in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. 20 of them should be received by the end of the year and the others will be received in 2019.



Ethiopia – Appointment of Sahle-Work Zewde as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (October 25, 2018)

France welcomes the appointment of Sahle-Work Zewde as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on October 25.

France salutes the career of this major figure in international political life. Ethiopia is implementing a policy of ambitious reforms which France fully supports, including in the area of gender equality, as reflected by the formation of a parity-based government on October 17, 2018, and the appointment of a female president.

France welcomes the appointment of Sahle-Work Zewde, who has strong ties with our country. After attending the Lycée Gebre-Mariam in Addis-Abeba and then the University of Montpellier, she served as ambassador of Ethiopia to France from 2002 to 2006.

France wishes the new president every success. We will work with her to strengthen the relations based on friendship and trust between France and Ethiopia.



Armenia – Azerbaijan

Numerous agreements in the form of friendship charters continue to be signed between French municipalities and de facto local authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh. What is the French authorities' response?

France's position is clear and unambiguous: France does not recognize the "Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh." The agreements signed by local authorities are not binding on the French government and do not have any legal consequences.

As a co-chair of the Minsk Group, France will continue its mediation efforts between Armenia and Azerbaijan with the utmost impartiality.



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