The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - September 10, 2019
In this issue:

◢  North Macedonia – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin and Nikola Dimitrov (Paris -September 9, 2019)

◢  North Korea – Launches (September 10, 2019)

◢  Ukraine – Flight MH17

North Macedonia – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin and Nikola Dimitrov (Paris -September 9, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, received Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, yesterday.

This meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of North Macedonia's EU prospects. Amélie de Montchalin reiterated France's position on the rapprochement between the countries of the Western Balkans and the EU, and notably underscored the need to ensure full respect for the rule of law, which is at the heart of European values, and to continue reforms.

The minister of state reaffirmed France's commitment to supporting lasting stabilization, economic and social development and the strengthening of the rule of law in the Western Balkans, building on the French strategy for the region.

North Korea – Launches (September 10, 2019)

We have noted with concern the reports of new ballistic missile launches by North Korea on Tuesday, September 10. France reaffirms its condemnation of these repeated launches which undermine regional security and violate the UN Security Council resolutions.

France calls on North Korea to comply with the Security Council resolutions, to swiftly engage in a process to ensure the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its weapons of mass destruction programs and to refrain from any kind of provocation.

Ukraine – Flight MH17

Volodymyr Tsemakh, who is suspected of having played a role in the MH17 crash, was among the prisoners exchanged between Russia and Ukraine this weekend. The Netherlands expressed regret that Mr. Tsemakh was included in this exchange. Do you think that this release will complicate the international investigation into Flight MH17?

France reaffirms its support for the efforts to ensure that the truth is established, justice is served and responsibility established for the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17, 2014.

It reaffirms that all states are required to lend their support to the investigation and to the ongoing legal proceedings, in accordance with UNSCR 2166 (2014).

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