The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - September 28, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Global health – International Safe Abortion Day (September 28, 2020)

◢  Kazakhstan – Abolition of the death penalty

◢  Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

Global health – International Safe Abortion Day (September 28, 2020)

On this International Safe Abortion Day, France reaffirms its commitment to the rights of women and girls, especially sexual and reproductive health rights, which it supports within the framework of its feminist diplomacy.

42% of women around the world still live in a country where the law restricts or denies abortion. Every year, 25 million women attempt to terminate their pregnancies, 47,000 of whom lose their lives and 3 million suffer post-abortion complications.

In a joint ministerial statement with 58 other countries on May 6, France underscored the importance of maintaining and strengthening access to sexual and reproductive health services during the Covid-19 health crisis.

Sexual and reproductive health rights will be a central issue at the Generation Equality Forum which France is due to host in 2021 and which will be organized jointly with UN Women and Mexico.

Kazakhstan – Abolition of the death penalty

France applauds Kazakhstan's ratification, on September 24, of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in which that country marks its choice to permanently abolish the death penalty.

France reaffirms its unwavering opposition to the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances and remains committed to its universal abolition.

Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

As Co-Chair of the Minsk Group, what is France doing to initiate a dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia?

As President Macron emphasized yesterday during his telephone conversations with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the absolute priority is a halt to hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh and the necessary restoration of a process of dialogue.

In its capacity as Co-Chair of the Minsk Group, France, with its Russian and American partners, is in constant contact with the Parties. It is doing everything in its power to restore this dialogue and restart a political process.

France reiterates its commitment to reaching a negotiated, lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, with due regard for international law.

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