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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, August 29, 2014)

Published on August 29, 2014
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2014 monthly review

Golan Heights – Kidnapping of blue helmets
Egypt – Terrorism
Pakistan – Murder of two journalists in Baluchistan Province.

Golan Heights – Kidnapping of blue helmets

France condemns the detention by armed groups of 43 Fijian blue helmets deployed within the framework of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on the Golan Heights (UNDOF), as well as the surrounding of Filipino blue helmets.

We call for the immediate release of the kidnapped blue helmets and for the cessation of these unacceptable acts.

France expresses its wholehearted solidarity with the authorities of Fiji and the Philippines, whose involvement in the peacekeeping operations is essential.

 


Egypt – Terrorism

France utterly condemns the barbaric and appalling murder of 4 people in the Sinai, for which a terrorist group has claimed responsibility. It extends its condolences to the victims’ families and expresses its solidarity with the Egyptian people.

It stands alongside the Egyptian authorities in their fight against terrorism.

 


Pakistan – Murder of two journalists in Baluchistan Province.

France condemns the murder of two Pakistani journalists in Baluchistan Province. It expresses its heartfelt condolences to the victims’ family and friends.

We call on the Pakistani authorities to bring the perpetrators of these murders to justice.

France reaffirms that the defense of the freedom of information and the safety of journalists is a priority of its diplomatic action, as illustrated in particular by the initiatives that we have taken within the framework of the United Nations.


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