The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - October 7, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Mali – Attacks on MINUSMA (October 6, 2019) and the Malian Armed Forces (September 30 - October 1, 2019)

◢  Cameroon

◢  UK

◢  Turkey – Northeastern Syria (October 7, 2019)

Mali – Attacks on MINUSMA (October 6, 2019) and the Malian Armed Forces (September 30 - October 1, 2019)

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent attacks on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Aguelhok and Bandiagara (on October 6), and on the Malian Armed Forces and the Malian contingent of the G5 Sahel Joint Force in Mondoro and Boulkessi (on September 30 and October 1).

France offers its condolences to the deceased soldiers' loved ones and its best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured peacekeepers and Malian soldiers.

France reaffirms its full support for MINUSMA, whose role is crucial to stabilizing Mali, and to the Malian Armed Forces, the G5 Sahel Joint Force, and the countries of the region.

Those responsible for these attacks must be identified and brought to justice.


France welcomes the order to drop the prosecution of 102 members or sympathizers of the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC), including the party's leader, Maurice Kamto, and their release on October 5.

It also welcomes the decision to release 333 people being held in connection with the crisis in the northeastern and southeastern regions, as part of the national dialogue just held in Yaoundé. France applauds the commitment of Cameroon's authorities to implement the conclusions of that dialogue.

France encourages the authorities and all political leaders to maintain the current momentum in the spirit of dialogue and harmony.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is calling European leaders today; will President Macron's response be announced, or will there be an additional stage of negotiations?

We refer you to the Office of the President.

Turkey – Northeastern Syria (October 7, 2019)

We are deeply concerned by the information regarding a potential unilateral military operation by Turkey in northeastern Syria. We call on Turkey to avoid any initiative that would run counter to the interests of the Global Coalition against Daesh, of which it is a member.

Any unilateral action could have significant humanitarian consequences and would not bring about the conditions necessary for the safe and voluntary return of the refugees to their areas of origin. It would undermine the stability of this region and the work we are carrying out directly on the ground, through military, humanitarian and stabilization efforts, alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces, in order to combat terrorism over the long term and help restore normal life, while respecting the rights of the local populations.

Daesh, which has been in hiding since its territorial defeat, remains a major threat to our national security. In Syria, the organization still has significant resources and capacity for action.

The terrorist fighters being held in detention, including those who are foreign nationals, should be prosecuted in the country where they committed their crimes. The verdicts handed down and their secure detention in northeastern Syria are an essential security measure in order to prevent them from strengthening the ranks of terrorist groups. Any initiative that could jeopardize these goals must be avoided.

France is working closely with its European partners on this issue, as well as with its partners in the Global Coalition against Daesh.

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