The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - April 16, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Ukraine – Joint statement issued by Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, Foreign Ministers of France and Germany (April 16, 2020)

◢  Togo – Death of Edem Kodjo

◢  World Health Organization (WHO)

 
Ukraine – Joint statement issued by Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, Foreign Ministers of France and Germany (April 16, 2020)

Today's exchange of prisoners related to the conflict represents significant progress toward implementing the Minsk agreements and the conclusions of the summit in Paris on December 9, 2019. France and Germany commend the efforts of the Trilateral Contact Group, under the leadership of Ambassador Heidi Grau, to achieve this exchange.

France and Germany reaffirm their attachment to the full implementation of the conclusions of the summit on December 9, notably with respect to upholding the ceasefire, mine clearance, the opening of new crossing points and the identification of new disengagement zones. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine must have safe, secure and unimpeded access throughout the entire Ukrainian territory, including in the areas not controlled by the government, in accordance with its mandate.



Togo – Death of Edem Kodjo

France extends its condolences to the authorities and people of Togo following the death on April 11 of Edem Kodjo, former Prime Minister of Togo and former Secretary-General of the Organization for African Unity.

France pays tribute to the memory of a statesman, brilliant academic, diplomat and high-level international official, who was a tireless advocate for peace and African unity and a fervent defender of democratic values.



World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO will assess the impact of the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to suspend his country's financial contribution. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the organization will look for other sources of funding to compensate for this. Is France willing to increase its contribution?

Please refer to my response in yesterday's press briefing.


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