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Syria/Turkey/Lebanon – China – Nigeria

Published on April 12, 2012
Excerpt from the press briefing given by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesman

Paris, April 10, 2012

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Firing by the Syrian army into Lebanese and Turkish territories

This morning, the Ministre d’Etat called his Turkish counterpart, a day after the Syrian forces deliberately fired against a refugee camp in Turkey, injuring two Turkish citizens as well as four Syrian refugees. He expressed to him his solidarity, his anger and his condemnation.

The Ministre d’Etat asked our ambassador in Beirut to convey the same message to the Lebanese authorities after Syrian forces fired into Lebanese territory, killing a Lebanese journalist and injuring two other reporters from the Al-Jadeed television channel; we utterly condemn these attacks.

Not content with persecuting its own people, the Damascus regime is attacking the territory of its neighbours, in complete violation of international law and all its international commitments.

France extends her condolences to the families and friends of those who died and expresses her wholehearted solidarity with the authorities of those two countries. (…)

China – Sentencing of Ni Yulan and her husband, Dong Jiqin

France expresses her deep concern at the announcement of the prison sentences handed down to Ni Yulan and her husband Dong Jiqin, human rights activists in China. France deplores the disproportionate nature of these sentences and is closely following the couple’s situation.

France recalls that human rights activists must be able to carry out their activities freely anywhere in the world.

We frequently address this topic with our Chinese partners within the framework of the EU-China dialogue on human rights.

Nigeria – Attacks

France condemns the terrorist attacks which left more than 40 people dead over the weekend – indiscriminate attacks on the whole Nigerian people.

France expresses her condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

In these tragic circumstances, France reaffirms her solidarity with Nigeria and her support for the country’s efforts to combat terrorism. (…)./.

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