The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 6, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Cyprus – Meetings between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Amélie de Montchalin with the Cypriot foreign minister (May 7, 2019)

◢  North Korea – Missile launches (May 4, 2019)

◢  Russia – Plane crash (May 5, 2019)

Cyprus – Meetings between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Amélie de Montchalin with the Cypriot foreign minister (May 7, 2019)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will host his Cypriot counterpart, Nikos Christodoulides, on May 7 for a working meeting. Following Mr. Le Drian's visit to Cyprus last September and in line with President Macron's visit to Nicosia on January 29, the ministers will discuss the importance of the bilateral relationship, its strategic nature for the two countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, and its expansion in the areas of defense and energy. They will also discuss the Cypriot question, in which France stands ready to support the parties' efforts, when they are ready, to resume negotiations. Finally, they will address major international issues such as Syria and European challenges, especially migration, as Cyprus is particularly affected by the flow of migrants through the Eastern Mediterranean.

Minister of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin will also receive Nikos Christodoulides to discuss major European issues, particularly Brexit, balances in the upcoming multiannual financial framework, and the continued integration of the euro area. Ahead of the informal European summit on May 9, they will also address the major challenges for the future of the EU, while the next strategic program will help develop the concept of European sovereignty.

With Turkey announcing that it is about to continue drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, some of which falls within the Republic of Cyprus's exclusive economic zone, France reiterates its unwavering commitment to compliance with international maritime law and Cyprus's sovereignty. France urges the Turkish authorities to avoid engaging in a provocative act that is clearly counter to international law and which can only increase tensions in a region that is in need of stability. The Republic of Cyprus can count on France and the EU's solidarity and support, as expressed by High Representative Mogherini.

North Korea – Missile launches (May 4, 2019)

North Korea conducted missile tests on Saturday.

France condemns these missile launches and calls on North Korea to refrain from any further provocation, as the UN Security Council has requested it to do so.

It urges North Korea to resume dialogue with the United States on denuclearization as swiftly as possible and to rapidly engage in a process to ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of its programs to develop weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of any range as well as related programs, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. This is the prerequisite for lasting peace in the region.

Until this goal is achieved, the UN Security Council sanctions must be fully and effectively implemented. This is a key point with respect to convincing North Korea to give up its illegal activities, which jeopardize international security and the non-proliferation regime. The international community's unity remains critical.

Russia – Plane crash (May 5, 2019)

We were deeply saddened to learn that some 40 people died when a plane burst into flames at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport yesterday.

France extends its condolences to the victims' families and friends. It wishes the injured a speedy recovery. It assures the Russian authorities and people of its solidarity at this painful time.

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