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French presidency of the United Nations Security Council

Published on December 2, 2013
Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Paris, December 2, 2013

France assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for one month on 1 December. On that occasion, I stated that I wanted France to implement a programme focused on four priorities.

Given the seriousness of the situation in the Central African Republic, which risks imploding, the international community should lend its immediate support to the African force (MISCA [AFISM-CAR]). We’re taking action to ensure that the Security Council adopts a resolution to that end in the very next few days.

Syria remains at the heart of our concerns. Beyond its tireless efforts to find a political solution, France is actively working for an improvement in the situation of the people, who have been suffering for too long. Security Council consultations, led by Ms Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will take place next week in order to consider possible courses of action for responding to the humanitarian emergency.

The murder of our two compatriots, RFI journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, reminded us of the risks facing those who keep us informed every day. Protecting the freedom to inform and be informed is essential. That’s why I wanted the Security Council to hold a meeting on 13 December open to civil society and the press, in order to raise the international community’s awareness of the issue of journalists’ protection.

Lastly, drug trafficking is a major cause of destabilization, notably in West Africa and the Sahel. In order to support the states of the region in the face of this scourge, I wanted France to host a debate at the Security Council on 18 December aimed at mobilizing the international community to combat this phenomenon./.

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