Official speeches and statements - December 5, 2019
1. Iraq - Telephone conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of UNAMI - Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson (excerpt) (Paris - December 4, 2019)
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke by phone yesterday with Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, UN Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
He reiterated France’s full support for the Special Representative’s efforts and those of UNAMI, particularly to facilitate an end to the current crisis in Iraq through an inclusive democratic dialogue, which we urge all the parties to engage in.
With Iraq going through a period that is decisive for its democratic future, the Minister reaffirmed our condemnation of the excessive and disproportionate use of force against demonstrators and our appeal to the Iraqi authorities to take strong, swift measures in response to the urgency of the situation.
The Minister noted that France would continue to mobilize support for resolving the crisis, especially within the Security Council.
France, which stood side by side with the Iraqis in the fight against Daesh [so-called ISIL], will continue to support them as they deal with the challenges their country is currently facing. (...)
Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom are deeply concerned by the continued testing of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, including the missile launches of 28 November. The DPRK has conducted 13 sets of ballistic missile launches since May and continued to operate its nuclear program.
We condemn these provocative actions. They undermine regional security and stability, as well as international peace and security, and are in clear violation of unanimously adopted UN Security Council resolutions.
We also condemn the recent threats made by DPRK to partners in the region and beyond. We continue to urge the DPRK to engage in good faith in meaningful negotiations with the United States aimed at denuclearization, and to take concrete steps to abandoning all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
There is no other way to achieve security and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Continued provocations risk undermining the prospect for successful negotiations.
It is vital that the Security Council ensures full implementation of its resolutions and that sanctions remain in place. We call on the international community to comply with the obligation to strictly enforce these sanctions.