The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - June 21, 2022
In this issue:

◢  EU – Participation of Clément Beaune in the General Affairs Council (Luxembourg - June 21, 2022)

◢  Ukraine – Ratification of Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (June 20, 2022)

◢  Mali – France condemns massacres of civilians in the Bankass circle (June 21, 2022)

◢  Ethiopia – Stepped-up violence in Oromia and Gambela regions (June 21, 2022)

 
EU – Participation of Clément Beaune in the General Affairs Council (Luxembourg - June 21, 2022)

Clément Beaune, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is chairing today's General Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

He and his counterparts will engage in preparations for the European Council meeting of June 23-24. Ahead of that meeting, he will emphasize that France supports giving Ukraine and Moldova immediate candidate status combined with a roadmap, as President Macron stated in Kyiv last week. Mr. Beaune will reiterate our continued support for Ukraine on the humanitarian, economic, political and military fronts. He will also mention the meeting between EU and Western Balkan leaders on June 23, which will focus on the European prospects of the countries of that region.

Mr. Beaune will exchange views with his counterparts on the proposals formulated in conjunction with the Conference on the Future of Europe. He will underscore the consistency of the priorities emphasized by European citizens with the agenda of the French Presidency of the EU Council, especially in the areas of security, the climate, regulation and the digital transition.

The ministers will also discuss the United Kingdom's latest worrying initiatives on Ireland and Northern Ireland. Mr. Beaune will once again stress the importance of abiding by the commitments that have already been made and will note that the EU, which has shown flexibility over the past few months, stands united and ready to respond firmly.



Ukraine – Ratification of Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (June 20, 2022)

France welcomes the Ukrainian Parliament's ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention.

As women and girls are particularly vulnerable in periods of conflict, this decision, which comes a month after the Council of Europe Secretary General's visit to Kyiv, reflects the Ukrainian parliamentarians and authorities' commitment to the rights of women and girls. Ukraine thus becomes the 36th nation to ratify this convention, which is vital to combating violence against women and domestic violence.

France is actively engaged in promoting, universalizing and fully implementing the Istanbul Convention. We call on all signatory states to accelerate the process toward its universal ratification and encourage all concerned nations to join it.



Mali – France condemns massacres of civilians in the Bankass circle (June 21, 2022)

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the massacres of civilians in the Bankass circle during the night of June 18, which left more than a hundred civilians dead and many wounded.

France offers its sincere condolences to the victims' families and the people of Mali.

France is deeply concerned by the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Mali, reflected by intensified attacks on civilians in recent months.



Ethiopia – Stepped-up violence in Oromia and Gambela regions (June 21, 2022)

France is concerned by the stepped-up violence in Ethiopia's Oromia and Gambela regions, which resulted in more than 200 civilian casualties on June 18, according to the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission.

France strongly condemns attacks on civilians and calls on all the parties to renounce the use of violence.

France also reiterates its support for the upcoming start of negotiations between the federal government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) to restore peace in the northern part of the country.


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