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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 18, 2014)

Published on April 18, 2014
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Fleur Pellerin traveling to China (April 20-23)
Vietnam – Release of political prisoners
South Sudan – Attacks on the United Nations Mission base in Bor and on the town of Bentiu (April 17)
Ukraine


Fleur Pellerin traveling to China (April 20-23)

 

Fleur Pellerin, Minister for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will be in China from April 20-23. Her trip comes in the wake of several high-level bilateral visits, including the state visit this past March by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries

China is one of France’s major trading partners, with exchanges in 2013 totaling 55.3 billion euros, including 14.7 billion in exports. In line with the economic diplomacy advocated by Laurent Fabius, the main objectives of Ms. Pellerin’s visit will be to bolster France’s image as an economic, industrial and technological power, to promote respect for the rules of fair and balanced global governance, and to facilitate French companies’ access to the French market.

On April 20, Ms. Pellerin will attend the 7th Green Companies Summit in Nanning, a major event aimed at promoting sustainable economic development, and at which France is the guest of honor. She will then travel to Beijing, remaining there from April 21-23. There she will meet with a number of Chinese partners in the commercial, tourism, agrifood and sustainable living sectors, as well as representatives of French companies with a presence in Beijing. She will also visit the Lycée International de Pékin.


Vietnam – Release of political prisoners

 

The Vietnamese authorities have just proceeded with the release of political prisoners Nguyen Huu Cau, Cu Huy Ha Vu, Vi Duc Hoi and Nguyen Tien Trung. This is a positive development.

We encourage the Vietnamese authorities to continue on this path and to guarantee respect for the freedom of expression and opinion in accordance with the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Vietnam is a signatory.



South Sudan – Attacks on the United Nations Mission base in Bor and on the town of Bentiu (April 17)

 

France condemns the attacks by armed groups on the United Nations Mission base in Bor, South Sudan, and on the town of Bentiu. Deliberately targeting civilians and peacekeepers is unacceptable. The perpetrators of these war crimes and serious human rights violations must be held accountable for their actions.

We reaffirm our support for the UN Mission in South Sudan, which is performing an essential task with respect to humanitarian aid and the protection of civilians and human rights. It must be able to implement its mandate without hindrance and in complete security.

France calls on the parties to enforce the cessation of hostilities agreement in full and without delay, and to guarantee humanitarian access to civilian populations.

 

Ukraine

 

Q – Avez-vous une réaction à la déclaration conjointe adoptée hier à Genève par la Russie, l’Ukraine, les Etats-Unis et l’Union européenne ?

R - La France appelle à la mise en œuvre de cette déclaration par toutes les parties, sans délai et de bonne foi. Nous souhaitons la tenue dans les meilleures conditions du scrutin présidentiel du 25 mai, par lequel tous les Ukrainiens seront appelés à s’exprimer afin de déterminer librement leur destin.

Q – Que prévoit ce texte ?

R - Ce texte appelle toutes les parties à s’abstenir d’actions violentes ainsi que d’actes d’intimidation ou de provocation. Il prévoit le désarmement des groupes armés illégaux, l’évacuation des bâtiments et lieux publics occupés, ainsi que l’amnistie de ceux qui auront déposé les armes, à l’exception des individus ayant du sang sur les mains. La mission spéciale d’observation de l’Organisation pour la sécurité et la coopération en Europe est appelée à jouer un rôle important dans la mise en oeuvre de ces mesures de désescalade.

Q – Qu’est-ce qui vous ferait passer à la troisième vague des sanctions ?

R - La priorité va aujourd’hui à la mise en œuvre de la déclaration de Genève, qui doit concrétiser la désescalade. C’est à la lumière de cette mise en œuvre que nous déciderons avec nos partenaires européens s’il y a lieu d’adopter de nouvelles sanctions.

Q – Quels en seront les critères d’évaluation ?

R – Nous nous fonderons sur l’analyse que nous ferons de la situation et des signes concrets de désescalade. Je vous rappelle qu’une mission de l’OSCE est sur place et va s’amplifier. Nous la soutenons, y compris par l’envoi d’experts français. Les observateurs de l’OSCE recueillent des éléments permettant de disposer d’une vue objective de la situation.

 

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