The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - February 12, 2019
In this issue:

◢  United Nations – International Child Soldier Day (February 12, 2019)

◢  United Kingdom – Meetings held by Jean-Yves Le Drian and Nathalie Loiseau with Jeremy Hunt (February 12, 2019)

◢  Catalonia

◢  Warsaw Conference

 
United Nations – International Child Soldier Day (February 12, 2019)

On the occasion of International Child Soldier Day, France reaffirms that the fight against the recruitment and use of children by states and armed groups remains a top priority for its action.

For more than 20 years, France has played a key role in developing international rules for combatting this scourge, notably including the Paris Principles and Commitments which have already been adopted by 108 states. Thanks to these rules and the work carried out with civil society, more than 100,000 child soldiers have been released or reintegrated.

France would like to see universal commitment to combating the recruitment of child soldiers and calls on the countries that have not yet done so to adopt and implement the international rules. As Jean-Yves Le Drian underscored at the UN Security Council, new methods of recruiting and exploiting children, notably by terrorist groups must be taken into account. The fight against radicalization on the Internet and indoctrination form part of this.



United Kingdom – Meetings held by Jean-Yves Le Drian and Nathalie Loiseau with Jeremy Hunt (February 12, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and then Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, received UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt.

The status of discussions on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union was discussed during the two meetings. France, like other members of the European Union, supports the draft agreement brokered by the European and British negotiators at the end of 2018. It is now up to the British authorities to clarify their intentions.

The two meetings also provided an opportunity to discuss deadlines and the strengthening of our bilateral cooperation, as part of the follow-up to the decisions taken at the Sandhurst summit (January 2018).

Jean-Yves Le Drian and Mr. Hunt discussed the major international issues on which France and the United Kingdom work in a coordinated manner, notably at the UN Security Council. With respect to strategic issues, the two ministers expressed their convergence of views in support of the implementation of the JCPOA, in accordance with international agreements and international security; Jean-Yves Le Drian also reaffirmed our attachment to arms control instruments, which contribute to ensuring strategic stability. With respect to the Middle East, the two ministers notably discussed the situation in northeastern Syria.

Ms. Loiseau also discussed the issues at stake for France's forthcoming presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.



Catalonia

Will the trial that is getting under way be of particular interest to French diplomacy, given that French citizens could be called to testify about their role in organizing the controversial referendum? These are people who issued ballots in France used on October 1, 2017, and who secretly submitted ballots in violation of Spanish law.

We do not comment on current court proceedings.



Warsaw Conference

Who will represent France at the conference on the Middle East being held in Warsaw tomorrow and Thursday?

France will be represented by the political director of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.


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