The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - June 10, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Hungary – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin and her Hungarian counterpart (June 10, 2020)

◢  International Criminal Court – Surrender of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (Ali Kushayb) to the International Criminal Court (June 9, 2020)

◢  Israel / Palestinian Territories

◢  Sahel

 
Hungary – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin and her Hungarian counterpart (June 10, 2020)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will meet with Judit Varga, Hungarian Minister of Justice, also in charge of European relations, on June 10.

The discussions will focus on the proposals for a European economic recovery plan, in the run-up to the video conference of European affairs ministers of the 27 member states on June 16 aimed at preparing for the video conference of heads of state and government on June 19.

The two ministers will also discuss:

  • the coordination of the lifting of the measures imposed at the borders within the Schengen area,
  • the reflection on the lessons to be learned from the crisis within the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
  • the issues relating to respect for the rule of law and fundamental freedoms. In this respect, the minister of state will reaffirm our support for the strengthening of European mechanisms to protect the rule of law in all EU member states.

Reaffirming France's commitment to its Central and Eastern European partners within the framework of cooperation focused on shared interests at the bilateral, European and multilateral levels, the minister of state will underscore her attachment to a constructive dialogue with Hungary on all of these issues.



International Criminal Court – Surrender of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (Ali Kushayb) to the International Criminal Court (June 9, 2020)

France welcomes the surrender to the International Criminal Court of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb, suspected of having committed crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.

As requested by the International Criminal Court, France made air transport available for the transfer of Ali Kushayb from the Central African Republic to The Hague.

France, which is a strong supporter of multilateralism and the International Criminal Court's role in the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes, voluntarily agreed to the ICC's request.



Israel / Palestinian Territories

Can you remind me of France's position with regard to its potential recognition of a Palestinian state?

France's position is well known. Only the two-state solution with each state living in peace and security along secure and recognized borders, each with Jerusalem as its capital, will allow for just and lasting peace and stability in the region. To achieve this solution, direct negotiations between the parties are essential, and France stands ready to lend its support to any such effort. This solution implies recognizing the Palestinian State in due time, in a way that is helpful to peace.

In this spirit, France calls on the parties to refrain from taking any unilateral measures liable to jeopardize the resumption of negotiations.



Sahel

On Wednesday, Amnesty International published a report mentioning at least 200 civilians who were the victims of atrocities committed by defense and security forces since February. How do you explain this, given that it came after the Pau conference in January?

France is concerned by allegations of atrocities against civilian populations in the Sahel, some of which were reportedly committed by elements from the security and defense forces.

France is deeply committed to full compliance with human rights and international humanitarian law and welcomes the opening of investigations announced by the Sahel authorities. It calls for the presumed perpetrators of such acts to be identified and prosecuted.

The fight against impunity is a priority in France's dialogue with the countries of the region. The rule of law, including compliance with international humanitarian law and respect for human rights by security and defense forces, is one of the commitments taken at the Pau summit on January 13. This crucial aspect is being monitored by the United Nations, the European Union, and the Coalition for the Sahel.

We are also running programs to strengthen the courts and the criminal justice system as part of the reform of the security sector in the countries of the Sahel. Preventing attacks on international humanitarian law and human rights is a priority component of the training efforts led by our international and European partners for the defense and security forces and the G5 Sahel Joint Force.


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