The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - July 22, 2019
In this issue:

◢  IAEA – Death of Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (July 22, 2019)

◢  Israel / Palestinian territories – Demolition of buildings by the Israeli army in the Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood (July 22, 2019)

 
IAEA – Death of Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (July 22, 2019)

France was saddened to learn of the death of Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

It offers its sincerest condolences to his family, his loved ones, and the staff of the agency he directed.

France applauds the work done by Yukiya Amano at the head of the IAEA since 2009. A fervent champion of developing civilian nuclear energy and its applications in a way that benefit peace and development, Yukiya Amano also resolutely strove to strengthen the international non-proliferation regime, especially by emphasizing the central role played by the IAEA in dealing with the Iranian and North Korean crises. The IAEA monitors and verifies Iran's implementation of its nuclear commitments under the Vienna agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA).

A French speaker, Yukiya Amano studied in France and served as Japan's consul general in Marseille from 1997 to 1999. He carried out several high-level visits to France in his capacity as IAEA director general.



Israel / Palestinian territories – Demolition of buildings by the Israeli army in the Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood (July 22, 2019)

France condemns the Israeli army's demolition of several buildings in the Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood, in southeast Jerusalem.

Demolitions in occupied territories are a breach of international law, especially international humanitarian law, and relevant Security Council resolutions.

These demolitions are occurring for the first time in areas under the authority of the Palestinian Authority under the Oslo Agreement. They represent a dangerous precedent that poses a direct challenge to the two-state solution.


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