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Deauville Partnership meeting

Published on September 21, 2011
Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

New York, September 20, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen,

I’m pleased to welcome you, in the presence of my counterparts from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Libya. We’ve just held the Deauville Partnership meeting, which was particularly productive and positive. Above all, it demonstrated the determination of all the partners to resolutely commit to this partnership.

Today, for us, the priority is clear; we must help the countries that are engaged in deep economic and political reforms to make these reforms a success. I mentioned these countries a moment ago – Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and now Libya, who is finally free from Colonel Gaddafi’s yoke.

This Deauville Partnership was launched at the most recent G8 summit – in Deauville in fact – chaired by Nicolas Sarkozy. The heads of state laid the foundations for this partnership. The finance ministers and the financial institutions defined a package capable of responding to the challenges for the 2011-2013 period. To date, we’ve managed to mobilize a total of around $80 billion within the framework of this partnership, including $38 billion for the international financial institutions and critically important bilateral ventures. This amount may increase in the coming months. France’s contributions increased from €1.1 billion to €2.7 billion for the same period, i.e. approximately $3.7 billion today.

It was incumbent upon us, the G8 foreign ministers, together with our partners from the Arab countries, with the United Nations and the other international organizations, to determine the operational and political framework of this partnership. This has today been achieved in a declaration that has just been unanimously adopted by all the partners present.

We wanted to affirm that this partnership can, at the same time, be genuine, comprehensive and immediately operational.

By genuine, I mean that the transition and the reforms must be driven by our partner countries in the region. It’s their revolution, it’s their transition, and it’s of course up to them to define the terms and the action plans for this. We don’t wish to impose methods, we didn’t come to give lessons, we came to listen to you and see how we can respond to your demands. President Sarkozy strongly reiterated this in Benghazi to the young Libyans. That’s the thrust of the detailed action plans which were presented to us by Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan and will soon be presented by Libya.

A comprehensive partnership because it must focus both on economic modernization and political reforms that must move forward at the same pace – for example, the strengthening of the rule of law. We’re talking about programmes to support the training of judges, the training of journalists, and programmes to support electoral processes. The partnership will develop and revitalize the dialogue between the governments and civil society in the framework of the Forum for the Future. I would also like to point out that I will co-chair, with Kuwait’s foreign minister, Shaikh Mohammad al-Sabah, the next meeting of this forum on 21 and 22 November in Kuwait.

Lastly, this partnership must be immediately operational. We don’t want to just create hype about this, we want the action plans to become reality as swiftly as possible. I’d like, for example, to mention the €85 million that France has already paid out. The World Bank and the African Development Bank have paid $500 million. I’d also like to take long-term action. This has been said on several occasions and it’s up to us, the foreign ministers – with the support of the finance ministers – to monitor this process and of course we’re counting on the American G8 presidency, which will follow the French presidency, to ensure the Deauville Partnership’s continuity. Mrs Hillary Clinton, who participated in our meeting, is of course committed to doing that. We’ll be able to take stock of our progress again before the end of the year, for example on the sidelines of the Forum for the Future that I just mentioned.

These are a few thoughts I wanted to share with you to summarize our work this afternoon./.

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