The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - January 10, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo – Announcement of the provisional results of the presidential election (January 10, 2019)

◢  Appointment of Jan Kubis as new UN special coordinator for Lebanon (January 8, 2019)

 
Democratic Republic of Congo – Announcement of the provisional results of the presidential election (January 10, 2019)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced the provisional results of the presidential election of December 30 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As the minister said this morning, we welcome the commitment to democracy shown by the Congolese who voted in an atmosphere of calm. We also applaud the work done by the monitoring missions of regional organizations, the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union, and Congolese civil society.

As both the monitoring mission and the president of the African Union Commission said last week, we expect the democratic choice of the Congolese to be respected. If the presidential candidates wish to contest the provisional results and obtain greater clarity, they should do so using legal means.

We call on all the parties to preserve the calm that has prevailed since Election Day.



Appointment of Jan Kubis as new UN special coordinator for Lebanon (January 8, 2019)

France welcomes the appointment by the UN secretary-general of Jan Kubis as UN special coordinator for Lebanon. As head of the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), Mr. Kubis will coordinate the UN's work in this country in accordance with the relevant resolutions. He can count on France's full support in carrying out his duties.

We reiterate our special thanks to Mr. Kubis for the work he conducted within the framework of his previous role as UN special representative for Iraq.

France also thanks Pernille Kardel who served as acting head of UNSCOL for more than a year.

In coordination with its international partners, France will continue to lend its support to the security, stability and prosperity of Lebanon.


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