Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 16, 2014)
Syria - “Caesar” report
Syria – Bombing of Homs
Nigeria – Kidnapping of female secondary students in Borno state (April 14, 2014)
Mali – Extension of the European mission to train and advise the armed forces (April 15, 2014)
Syria - “Caesar” report
The UN Security Council held an informal meeting on April 15 on the “Caesar” report concerning the mass torture and execution of detainees by the Syrian regime.
This report contains 55,000 photos relating to 11,000 detainees who were tortured and killed between 2011 and 2013 in several detention centers belonging to the Syrian regime. It constitutes a set of documents which confirm, on an unprecedented scale and in a systematic and structured way, the practice of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It comes on top of multiple reports by the International Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Syria established by the UN Human Rights Council.
While Syria has entered its fourth year of conflict, the international community has, more than ever, a duty to fight against the impunity of the perpetrators of these crimes, whoever they are.
These crimes must be referred to the international criminal justice system, so that they do not go unpunished.
France condemns the intensified bombing of the city of Homs, which has been besieged for several months and where the situation is tragic.
We are concerned about the fate of civilians held hostage by the fighting and call for an immediate truce in order to allow them to be evacuated.
This evacuation must be carried out in accordance with international humanitarian law, in contrast to what happened in February when the regime held back hundreds of people, including children.
France condemns the kidnapping of more than one hundred Nigerian female secondary students by a terrorist group on April 14 in Borno state.
We call for their immediate release.
At this difficult time, France assures the families concerned and the Nigerian authorities of its solidarity in the fight against terrorism.
France welcomes the decision adopted yesterday by the EU to extend for a further 2 years the European mission to train and advise the Malian armed forces (EUTM Mali). Since its launch in February 2013, this mission has successfully contributed to the restructuring of the Malian defense forces, notably by training four battalions.
We are actively involved in the European initiatives in the field of security sector reform in Mali, particularly those aimed at capacity-building in Mali. As such, France supports the decision that was also made yesterday to send a similar European mission to provide advice and training to support internal security forces (EUCAP Sahel Mali). This mission will act in coordination with the UN mission on the ground (MINUSMA).
South Korea – Ferry disaster (April 16, 2014)
France presents its condolences to the families of the victims of the maritime accident that took place on April 16.
It expresses its solidarity with the families of those persons still reported missing, including a large number of young people.
In these particularly tragic circumstances, France assures the Korean people and authorities of its deepest sympathy.