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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, July 25, 2014)

Published on July 25, 2014
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2014 monthly review

Air Algérie flight
Iraq – Election of Iraq’s new president (July 24, 2014)
Afghanistan – Murder of two Finnish female aid workers (July 24, 2014)
Myanmar/ Burma – Resumption of Doctors Without Borders activities (July 24, 2014)

Air Algérie flight

We were deeply shocked to learn of the tragedy that struck our compatriots traveling on board Air Algérie Flight AH 5017; since then all government agencies have been mobilized to locate the aircraft, fully investigate the events, and provide assistance to the families of the victims.

Mr. Laurent Fabius immediately instructed all Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development departments, notably the Crisis Center and our embassies in Algeria, Burkina Faso and Mali, to contribute in every possible way to this effort.

The Crisis Center in Paris is mobilized around the clock to provide assistance to the families of the passengers and to gather information about the tragedy:

- an emergency hotline was immediately set up: 01 43 17 56 46. It has received almost 5,000 calls;

- all families of our compatriots traveling on the aircraft have been contacted;

- more than 20 personnel members have been working round-the-clock shifts at the Crisis Center since yesterday. They are being supported by Ministry of Defense and Ministry of the Interior staff, as well experts from the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation. Twenty volunteers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development are helping to man the hotline;  

- two doctors, a psychologist and three officials from the Ministry of Health are extending their full support to the victims’ families;

- we are in contact with more than 10 prefectures in order to lend as much local support as possible to the victims’ families.

Our ambassadors in Algiers, Bamako and Ouagadougou are mobilized and are in continuous contact with the local authorities. The Embassies of France in Ouagadougou and Bamako have set up telephone hotlines.

Mr. Laurent Fabius will provide an update on this tragedy today at 3:00 pm at the Quai d’Orsay, together with Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defense, and Mr. Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister of State for Transport.

 

Iraq – Election of Iraq’s new president (July 24, 2014)

France congratulates Mr. Fouad Massoum, on his election as President of the Republic of Iraq.

It wishes him every success in the high office that has just been entrusted to him by the Iraqi Parliament. This election is an important step toward resolving the unprecedented crisis facing the country.

At a time when the sovereignty, unity and integrity of Iraq are threatened, France reaffirms its hope that the process initiated during the parliamentary elections on April 30 will continue. The process must lead to the formation of a unity government that will work toward an inclusive political solution that is acceptable to all components of the Iraqi population and respects the rights of everyone.

 

Afghanistan – Murder of two Finnish female aid workers (July 24, 2014)

We were deeply saddened to learn of the murder on July 24 of two Finnish female aid workers in the city of Herat.

France condemns these unjustifiable crimes against humanitarian personnel working to help the Afghan civilian population.

We extend our condolences to their families and assure all humanitarian workers, who work every day to promote peace and development, of our solidarity.

 

Myanmar/ Burma – Resumption of Doctors Without Borders activities (July 24, 2014)

France welcomes the Burmese authorities’ decision to allow Doctors Without Borders to resume its activities in Rakhine state, a region experiencing a serious humanitarian crisis.

We hope that this organization will be able to carry out all of its missions in safety and as swiftly as possible, in the interest of the populations.

France encourages Burma to continue its efforts to find a lasting solution to the situation in Rakhine state.

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