France/USA/Ukraine and the Iraqi Crisis
Ukraine – Joint press briefing by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and his American counterpart – Comments by Mr. Laurent Fabius (Paris, June, 26, 2014)
With respect to Ukraine, things are very unpredictable.
Yesterday, the long conversation between President Hollande, Chancellor Merkel, President Putin, and President Poroshenko allowed us to make progress. A number of decisions should be announced and we hope that the de-escalation we’re working toward can take place and that it will last.
Iraq - Joint press briefing by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and his American counterpart – Comments by Mr. Laurent Fabius (Paris, 6/26/2014)
The most serious – extremely serious – problem is what’s happening in Iraq. The terrorist group, ISIL, is continuing to commit atrocities, demonstrating terrible brutality.
We utterly condemn these atrocities and hope that a national unity government capable of dealing with the situation will be swiftly established.
This is an extremely serious matter since it’s not just the stability of Iraq that is being threatened but everything that’s happening in the region: in Syria, of course, in Jordan, to a certain extent, in Turkey, as well as in other countries.
The seriousness of the situation and the need for action that must first come from Iraq cannot be overemphasized.
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Telephone conversation between. Barack Obama and François Hollande (Paris, June 23, 2014)
President Hollande spoke this evening with President Obama about the situation in Ukraine and the Iraqi crisis.
With respect to Ukraine, they agreed on the importance of swiftly stabilizing the security situation and bringing an end to the fighting in the eastern part of the country.
They welcomed the fact that President Poroshenko has announced a 14-point peace plan and a week-long unilateral ceasefire.
Within the framework of the negotiations initiated on June 6 between Russia and Ukraine, President Putin must now urgently call on the separatist armed groups to cease their military actions, prevent the transfer of equipment to Ukraine and strengthen Russian-Ukrainian border controls.
The stage would then be set for a de-escalation on the ground and the resumption of negotiations.
In the absence of any progress in that direction, new measures will be adopted against Russia.
With respect to Iraq, François Hollande and Barack Obama emphasized the seriousness of the situation and the need to find a lasting political solution based on a national unity government. They agreed on the importance of working together to achieve that goal.