The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - June 18, 2019
In this issue:

◢  UNESCO – Jean-Yves Le Drian's participation in the International Conference on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (Brest - June 17-19, 2019)

◢  Guinea-Bissau – Situation in the country (June 18, 2019)

 
UNESCO – Jean-Yves Le Drian's participation in the International Conference on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (Brest - June 17-19, 2019)

This morning in Brest, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, opened, together with Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, the International Conference on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, hosted jointly by our country and UNESCO.

The minister called for the protection of underwater cultural heritage and underscored the need to promote collective solutions to address the threats facing underwater cultural heritage: looting, industrial activity, intensive exploitation of fishing resources. To that end, he stressed the importance of the Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage adopted in 2001, as well as UNESCO's role in issues that fall within its core competencies under the auspices of its director-general. He highlighted our country's pioneering role in the field of underwater archeology.

With the organization of this conference, France intends to continue its efforts to raise awareness about the need to protect underwater heritage among international stakeholders and to commit to promoting broad accession to the 2001 convention.



Guinea-Bissau – Situation in the country (June 18, 2019)

France is concerned about the political situation in Guinea-Bissau. After the holding of inclusive, free and peaceful parliamentary elections on March 10, the results of which were accepted by all parties, it expresses the hope that a new government can be appointed as swiftly as possible.

France also encourages all political actors to continue dialogue and to find a consensus-based solution with respect to the composition of the Bureau of the National People's Assembly and the swift appointment of a new prime minister.

France pays tribute to the commitment of all of Guinea-Bissau's partners to supporting the election process, especially the critical involvement of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It supports its mediation efforts to ensure that the presidential election takes place before the end of 2019, thus concluding the election cycle.


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