The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - November 19, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Libya – Imposition of sanctions against Salah Badi (November 19, 2018)

◢  Central African Republic (November 19, 2018)

◢  Development – World Toilet Day (November 19, 2018)

Libya – Imposition of sanctions against Salah Badi (November 19, 2018)

France welcomes the adoption on November 16 by the UN Security Council, on the initiative of France, the United States and the United Kingdom, of individual sanctions against Libyan national Salah Badi, who played a leading role in the recent clashes in Tripoli during which a large number of civilians were killed.

As it did so when it adopted sanctions against Ibrahim Jathran on September 12, the Security Council reaffirms through these sanctions the international community's commitment in support of the continuation of the political process in Libya, as well as its full support for the mediation efforts of Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Ghassan Salamé to implement a political solution, in accordance with the commitments made in Paris on May 29 and in Palermo on November 13 by the key Libyan players.

France supports all initiatives within the framework of UN mediation which contribute to stabilizing the country and to the holding of democratic elections in the spring, in accordance with the wishes of the Libyan people. As such, it will continue to support, together with its various partners, the adoption of sanctions against individuals and entities that pose a threat to Libya's peace, stability and security, and which obstruct the political process, in accordance with UNSCR 2213.

Central African Republic (November 19, 2018)

France expresses its concern following the events of recent days in the Central African Republic. It calls for calm and for an end to the violence.

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the fighting between the armed anti-Balaka groups and those of the UPC in the camp for displaced persons in Alindao in the center of the country on November 15 which killed more than 40 people. France extends its condolences to the victims' families and calls for full light to be shed on these events, in order to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

France condemns the attack perpetrated in the town of Gbambia (province of Mambéré-Kadé) on November 16 which killed a MINUSCA peacekeeper. France extends its condolences to the soldier's family. It pays tribute to the commitment of the troop-contributing countries, as well as to MINUSCA's work.

This violence underscores the urgent need to make progress toward implementing the African Initiative for Peace proposed by the African Union - which France fully supports - aimed at the effective disarmament and demobilization of the armed groups. All armed groups, in Bangui and in the rest of the country, must cease all forms of violence and destabilizing activities, lay down their weapons and engage immediately and unconditionally in the peace process.

France welcomes the arrest and transfer to the International Criminal Court of a former leader of the self-proclaimed, self-defense anti-Balaka militia, Alfred Yekatom. France reaffirms its full support for the International Criminal Court in its efforts to prosecute, within a reasonable timeframe, the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Development – World Toilet Day (November 19, 2018)

Since 2010, when the UN General Assembly recognized access to drinkable water and sanitation as a fundamental right, the international community has been working to ensure the availability of toilets, an important sustainable development goal for the 2030 Agenda.

France is also working to make healthy affordable drinking water and sanitation accessible to all. At the request of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in 2017 the French Development Agency approved €1.2 billion in funding for the water and sanitation sector in foreign countries twice the amount approved in 2014.

In the coming months, France will present its international strategy for water and sanitation. Spearheaded by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, it is being developed transparently and inclusively with all French actors involved in the water sector.

Worldwide, some 1.8 billion people use water sources that are contaminated by fecal matter, and a thousand children die each day of diseases that are easily preventable by improving sanitation and hygiene. In developing countries, 80% of waste water is released directly into oceans or rivers without being treated.

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