The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - May 10, 2019
In this issue:

◢  European Union – Jean-Yves Le Drian's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels - May 13, 2019)

◢  Signing of an agreement between France and the International Organization for Migration on welcoming 100 Yazidi women (May 10, 2019)

◢  North Korea – Ballistic missile launch (May 9, 2019)

 
European Union – Jean-Yves Le Drian's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels - May 13, 2019)

Jean-Yves le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on May 13. The ministers will discuss the following points:

  • Libya: The ministers will discuss the country's political and security situation, in the context of clashes around Tripoli. They will examine ways in which the EU can support the efforts of Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salamé, who will take part in the discussions. France will reaffirm the importance of an immediate cessation of hostilities and reaffirm its full support for Ghassan Salamé's efforts to secure a ceasefire and to relaunch the political process.
  • Sahel: The ministers will prepare for the joint meeting between the EU foreign and defense ministers and their counterparts from the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad) on May 14. The discussion will focus on the response to the continuation of a very challenging security situation, notably in Burkina Faso and central Mali. France will call on the EU and its member states to maintain their commitment to the Sahel and to support the deployment by the G5 states of their security forces throughout their territory.
  • the ministers will have an exchange of views on Venezuela following the third meeting of the International Contact Group in San José on May 6 and 7, as well as on Iran, in the troubling context of the recent announcements by Iran and the United States.

The Foreign Affairs Council meeting will be preceded by the annual Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers meeting; the Eastern Partnership is an initiative which provides a framework for the eastern dimension of the EU neighborhood policy with six Eastern European and Caucasian partners (Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia) and which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The discussions will notably focus on the themes of youth, innovation and culture.



Signing of an agreement between France and the International Organization for Migration on welcoming 100 Yazidi women (May 10, 2019)

France and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed an agreement today to admit Yazidi women to France. The agreement was signed by Eric Chevallier, director of the Crisis and Support Center of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Sara Abbas, director of IOM France. The ceremony was attended by 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad.

On December 19, 2018, an initial 16 Yazidi women and their children were welcomed as part of an operation that was coordinated and financed by the Crisis and Support Center of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in conjunction with the Ministry of the Interior and the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons. In all, about 100 Yazidi women and their children will be welcomed to France as part of this exceptional hosting program.

The signing of this agreement reflects President Macron's commitment to 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad to welcome 100 Yazidi women and their children—direct or indirect victims of Daesh—on French soil. In France they will receive protection, security, education, and medical and social support. This initiative reflects France's desire to establish facilities, together with the Iraqi authorities, for victims of ethnic and religious violence in Iraq. At the same time, France is working with these populations in Iraq to reestablish favorable living conditions on the ground.



North Korea – Ballistic missile launch (May 9, 2019)

On May 9, North Korea once again launched ballistic missiles, after doing so on May 4.

France condemns these launches, which undermine regional and international security and stability. It calls on North Korea to comply with Security Council resolutions demanding that it refrain from any provocation and any missile launches involving ballistic technology, and to cease all activities linked to a ballistic missile program.

France calls on North Korea to promptly resume its dialogue with the United States on denuclearization and to swiftly begin the process of a complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its WMD and ballistic missile programs of all ranges, and associated programs. This is essential for establishing lasting peace in the region.


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