Official speeches and statements - July 2, 2021
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke on July 1 with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba.
The Minister welcomed the deepening of bilateral relations between France and Ukraine in the political, economic and cultural spheres, particularly in the area of several key bilateral issues discussed during Mr. Kuleba’s visit to Paris on February 26. In that regard, he hailed the Ukrainian Parliament’s ratification this morning of four intergovernmental economic cooperation agreements signed in May by France and Ukraine, a tangible sign of the dynamism of our relationship.
The Minister reaffirmed France’s political commitment within the Normandy format to resolving the Donbas conflict and, in order to achieve that goal - to the full implementation of the Minsk Agreement and the conclusions reached at the Paris Summit on December 9, 2019. He mentioned Germany’s efforts at the Foreign Ministry level to make progress in this area with Russia. He also reiterated his great vigilance with regard to recent regional tensions, particularly in the Black Sea, his solidarity with our partners and his commitment to a strict respect for international law.
France strongly condemns the shooting rampage in Port-au-Prince on 30 June which killed several civilians, including a woman human rights defender and a journalist. It expresses its condolences to the victims’ relatives and close friends and calls on the Haitian authorities to shed full light on this heinous crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.
This new shooting increases the tragic toll caused by fighting between armed groups which has taken place in the capital in recent weeks and already killed hundreds of people, forcing thousands of residents to flee districts blighted by gang violence.
France calls on the Haitian Government to take all necessary steps to protect the population, assist displaced people, end the armed groups’ activities and fight impunity. The country’s police force must be given unfailing support - particularly budgetary support - to fight these criminal gangs effectively.