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Official speeches and statements - April 26, 2022

Published on April 26, 2022

1. Ukraine - Conversation between Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian and his ukrainian counterpart - Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - April 25, 2022)

Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke to his Ukrainian counterpart Mr. Dmytro Kuleba today.

In this new discussion, the 12th this year between the two ministers, the Minister emphasized France’s ongoing strategy in the Ukraine conflict and our determination to continue and deepen France’s support to Ukraine in every sphere. In this respect, the Minister talked about the recent decisions taken by President Macron concerning the supply of defense equipment to the Ukrainian forces, in the artillery field in particular, given Ukraine’s especially significant, urgent needs.

The two ministers also discussed the parameters of stronger European sanctions against Russia, supported by the French presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The two ministers discussed the tragic situation in Mariupol, the target of uninterrupted bombing by Russian forces. The Minister reiterated France’s call for free movement of civilians and free access to humanitarian aid in the city, as in the rest of Ukraine.

2. United Nations - Middle East - Statement by Mrs. Sheraz Gasri, Political coordinator of the Permanent representation of France to the United Nations, to the Security Council (New York - April 25, 2022)

[translation from French]

Madam President,

I would also like to thank the Special Coordinator for his very comprehensive presentation and to reiterate France’s full support to his efforts.

France is very concerned by the increased tensions and violence over the past few days in Jerusalem, which have claimed many victims in the Palestinian Territories. We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that have left fourteen people dead in Israel, including one of our compatriots.

France calls for restraint and to avoid all forms of violence and provocation. Our common collective priority must be to prevent an escalation similar to that of May 2021. We call for the utmost vigilance as the situation remains explosive during this period of religious holidays.

In this context, France strongly condemns the recent rocket attacks on Israel.

Respect for the status quo at the Holy Places is essential, and we recall Jordan’s essential role.

We support the Secretary-General’s call for a proportionate use of force. Any allegations of disproportionate use must be rigorously and transparently investigated.

Beyond immediate efforts to preserve calm, there is an urgent need to address the root causes of the conflict, of which this escalation is but an all-too-familiar symptom.

We have warned since October against the resumption of unilateral measures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The resumption of settlement activity, as well as record levels of demolitions, evictions and settler violence, are fueling a difficult situation, which reinforces the extremes. We call on the Israeli authorities to put an end to settlement activities and to fully respect its responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

France also reiterates the importance of recreating a political horizon for the resumption of negotiations to implement the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital of both States. Without a genuine political process between the parties, the same causes will produce the same effects and the cycles of violence will be repeated.

France, in coordination with its partners, remains mobilized to support all efforts to relaunch the peace process. In this regard, I reiterate our full support for the efforts of the Special Coordinator.

We have increased our financial support to UNRWA in 2022 because the agency is essential to the stability of the region. We in turn call on all member states to increase their support.

Thank you.