The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - April 29, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Arms Trade Treaty (April 26, 2019)

◢  Non-proliferation – Third Preparatory Committee for the review cycle of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (April 29, 2019)

◢  Spain

◢  China – Belt and Road Forum

 
Arms Trade Treaty (April 26, 2019)

The United States has announced its intention to withdraw its signature from the Arms Trade Treaty.

France, which played an active role in the negotiation of this treaty and was one of the first states to ratify it, regrets this decision.

It underscores that this treaty, which entered into force in December 2014, had been adopted by the UN General Assembly on April 2, 2013; only North Korea, Iran and Syria were opposed to it.

The Arms Trade Treaty, in accordance with its objectives, makes it possible to improve the systems for controlling the export of conventional arms and to combat illegal trafficking. The states parties to the treaty are fully committed to limiting the destabilizing impact of the uncontrolled proliferation of conventional arms around the world, notably of small arms and light weapons, and thus strengthening peace and international security.

Together with its European partners, France will continue its efforts to promote and ensure the universalization of this text.



Non-proliferation – Third Preparatory Committee for the review cycle of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (April 29, 2019)

The Third Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference will open today in New York under the chairmanship of Malaysia.

On this occasion, France reaffirms its attachment to this treaty which is key to collective security and has, for the past 50 years, made it possible to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons and to make progress toward nuclear disarmament, while facilitating the widespread sharing of the benefits of the peaceful application of nuclear technology.

In a context of deteriorating international security, marked by renewed regional tensions and proliferation crises, France considers it imperative to consolidate a multilateral order grounded in law. It is determined to work toward making the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference a success.



Spain

Do you have any response to the results of the parliamentary elections in Spain? Do you have any expectations with regard to the main challenges facing the European agenda, or a message for the future government? Do you have anything to say regarding the emergence of the far right in Parliament, with 10% of the votes?

We have taken note of the results of the parliamentary elections.

Spain is a major partner of France; our countries are bound by cooperation based on a high level of trust and a strong convergence of views on key European issues.

We want to work with the next Spanish government to promote a sovereign, united and democratic Europe.



China – Belt and Road Forum

The minister was due to represent President Macron during the leaders' session at the Belt and Road Forum but he did not attend. Why did he leave the forum early?

The minister, who was representing President Macron, was one of the first foreign officials to speak at the Belt and Road Forum.

He met with his Chinese counterpart as well as with all of the interlocutors he was due to meet.


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