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Selected Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 3 and 6, 2013)

Published on May 10, 2013

United States - Abolition of the death penalty by the state of Maryland (May 3, 2013)

France welcomes the abolition of the death penalty by the state of Maryland, following ratification by Governor Martin O’Malley of the bill passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate in March. Maryland thereby becomes the 18th U.S. state to put an end to this inhuman punishment.

France reaffirms its firm and constant opposition to the use of the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. It believes that the abolition of the death penalty is fundamental to the protection of human dignity: This is the thrust of the campaign for the universal abolition of the death penalty launched in October by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Lastly, France renews its appeal for the introduction of a universal moratorium with a view toward the definitive abolition of the death penalty.

Sudan - Attack against UNISFA (May 6, 2013)

France strongly condemns the unacceptable attack against UNISFA (United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei) by Misseriya elements, which led to the death of the Dinka leader, Kuol Deng Majok, and a peacekeeper, and injured several soldiers from the peacekeeping force.

It reaffirms its unwavering support for the action of UNISFA, the only authorized force in this region, in accordance with UNSCR 1990. The perpetrators of these attacks must be held accountable for their actions.

France commends the restraint shown by the parties since this incident and urges the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to work together to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

This attack demonstrates the urgent need to implement the mechanisms set forth in the agreements of June 20, 2011, and to continue the discussions on the final status of Abyei. France urges both governments to establish without delay the interim administration of the Abyei area, in particular the Abyei Police Service, in order to avoid a repetition of such incidents in the future.

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