The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - March 26, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Germany – Jean-Yves Le Drian to attend German Council of Ministers meeting (Berlin - March 27, 2019)

◢  Thailand – Parliamentary elections (March 24, 2019)

◢  Fight against Daesh

◢  Ukraine

Germany – Jean-Yves Le Drian to attend German Council of Ministers meeting (Berlin - March 27, 2019)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will be in Berlin tomorrow at the invitation of Chancellor Angela Markel to attend the weekly meeting of German federal government ministers. His trip is in line with the Aachen treaty signed on January 22, under which every three months, on an alternating basis, a government member from one of the two countries attends a Council of Ministers meeting in the other nation. While in Berlin, the minister will also meet with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas.

Mr. Le Drian will bring up France's priorities for the next European Strategic Agenda. In the aftermath of the German Chancellor's visit to Paris and the visit by the president of the European Commission during Xi Jinping's state visit, he will underscore the need for the European Union to have a united, cohesive strategy in its dialogue with China, ahead of the EU-China summit on April 9.

With the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly having held its first meeting in Paris yesterday, the minister will review the prospects for heightened cooperation offered by the Aachen treaty.

He will present the goals of his trip to New York as part of the French presidency of the UN Security Council in March 2019, which will be followed by the German presidency in April. Mr. Le Drian will specifically bring up the fight against terrorism and against trafficking in Africa and the Sahel, and the importance of supporting peacekeeping operations in Africa.

Thailand – Parliamentary elections (March 24, 2019)

The holding of parliamentary elections in Thailand on Sunday, March 24 is a key step toward re-establishing democratic institutions in this country.

We call for a transparent process for publishing the results as swiftly as possible and for handling potential disputes in the event of irregularities.

We will work with the next Thai government that emerges from the electoral process in order to further strengthen our relations with this important partner in Southeast Asia.

Fight against Daesh

Does France support the Kurdish request to establish an ad hoc international tribunal based in northeastern Syria to prosecute crimes committed by the Islamic State group?

The creation of such an ad hoc international tribunal is a complex operation. Its implementation would give rise to legal and practical difficulties.

France favors the prosecution of Daesh fighters in the place they committed their crimes. It is a matter of justice as well as security.


A former employee of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Vasily Prozorov, has described how Sergei Krivonos, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, told him about crimes committed by government forces in eastern Ukraine. According to Mr. Prozorov, the SBU established secret prisons in the Donbass region, including one at Mariupol Airport. Can you comment on these statements?

We do not have any comment.

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