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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, August 27, 2014)

Published on August 27, 2014
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2014 monthly review

Ceasefire in Gaza – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius (August 26, 2014)
Visit to Canada by Ms. Annick Girardin – Participation in the World Acadian Congress (August 22 to 25, 2014)
Ukraine


Ceasefire in Gaza – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius (August 26, 2014)

We would like recall the statement made by the minister yesterday evening:

France welcomes the entry into force of a ceasefire in Gaza.

It urges the parties to comply with it and to continue the discussions conducted under the auspices of Egypt to achieve a lasting solution that will satisfy the demands for the lifting of the blockade on Gaza and the security of Israel.

France, in coordination with its European partners as well as within the Security Council, is committed to contributing to the solutions that will be found within the framework of such an agreement.

Lastly, France reaffirms the urgent need to relaunch the political process in order to find a definitive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the parameters of which are well known.


Visit to Canada by Ms. Annick Girardin – Participation in the World Acadian Congress (August 22 to 25, 2014)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, visited Canada from August 22 to 25 in order to participate in the 5th World Acadian Congress attended by approximately 50,000 participants.

This is the first time that a French minister has taken part in this popular event, which celebrates the vitality of Acadian culture and the French language in North America. The minister of state inaugurated France’s pavilion and reaffirmed the importance of the ties between our country and the Acadian community. She expressed the hope that these exchanges will intensify, notably between young French people and Acadians.

On this occasion, Ms. Girardin met with Christian Paradis, Canadian Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, to discuss our development priorities.

She also met the authorities of the provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec, notably to review our cooperation in the field of youth.


Ukraine

What’s your response to the outcome of the negotiations between Kiev and Moscow in Minsk? Does France envisage contributing to the preparation of plans to find a peaceful solution to the situation in eastern Ukraine?

France welcomes the holding of discussions at the highest level between Ukraine and Russia yesterday in Minsk aimed at reaching a peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis.

We have been mobilized since the start of the crisis to reach a solution that would involve a ceasefire, more effective control of the border between Russia and Ukraine and the launch of national dialogue in Ukraine. France is prepared to contribute to any initiative in this direction.

Mr. Laurent Fabius is in close contact with his German, Ukrainian and Russian counterparts within the framework of the dialogue process launched in Normandy in June.

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