Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - April 8, 2020)
France welcomes the publication of the report by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team (IIT), established as a result of a decision by the Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in June 2018, adopted by the majority of its member states, in accordance with the procedures governing the functioning of this multilateral institution.
This initial report identifies those responsible for using chemical weapons in three attacks in the town of Ltamenah in Syria on March 24, 25 and 30, 2017. This independent and impartial report by the OPCW concludes that sarin and chlorine were used by divisions of the Syrian regime’s air force and that these chemical attacks resulted in several dozen casualties.
We reiterate our strong condemnation of any use of chemical weapons under any circumstances.
It is now up to the members of the international community to take action, within the relevant multilateral forums, and to draw the conclusions from these findings.
The International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons, established in January 2018 on France’s initiative, which currently brings together 40 states and the EU, provides an ideal coordination platform to that end.
France welcomes the appointment of Miroslav Lajcak as Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues.
The dispute between Kosovo and Serbia is a European security concern. France fully supports the EU’s mediation efforts to reach a comprehensive, definitive and legally binding agreement between the two parties, which will contribute to the lasting stabilization of the Western Balkans and to the European rapprochement of both countries.
At this stage, the talks between Belgrade and Pristina, which have been stalled for nearly a year and a half, must be resumed as swiftly as possible. France, which, together with Germany and in coordination with the EU, is committed to facilitating the resumption of the talks, calls on both parties to take the necessary measures to achieve this. In the context of the current health crisis, good neighborly relations and regional cooperation are all the more essential.
Miroslav Lajcak will be able to count on France’s full support in carrying out his duties.