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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, November 24, 2014)

Published on November 24, 2014
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2014 monthly review

Tunisia – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
China – Joint press conference by Mr. Laurent Fabius and Ms. Martine Aubry (Paris, November 24, 2014)
Protection of journalists – United Nations – Adoption of a resolution by the General Assembly (November 21, 2014)
Death penalty – United Nations – Adoption by the General Assembly of a resolution calling for a moratorium (November 21, 2014)

Tunisia – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Following last month’s parliamentary elections, Tunisians went to the polls again on Sunday to vote in the first round of the first democratic presidential elections to be held in their country.

Early indications suggest that these elections were conducted in a satisfactory manner and in an atmosphere of calm.

I congratulate the Tunisian authorities and people and hope that the Tunisian transition will continue within the inclusive and democratic framework of the new institutions.

 

China – Joint press conference by Mr. Laurent Fabius and Ms. Martine Aubry (Paris, November 24, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Ms. Martine Aubry, Mayor of Lille, Special Representative of Mr. Laurent Fabius for China, will tomorrow present at the Quai d’Orsay our economic diplomacy actions. They will notably take stock of progress on the sustainable city project in Wuhan, a flagship French-Chinese initiative, in the run-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

On the occasion of the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations, fresh impetus has been given to the relations between our two countries.

Ms. Aubry has been involved in various priority sectors of the economic partnership, especially the agri-food and health sectors, and the sustainable urban development sector through the flagship new city project in Wuhan. This press conference will provide an opportunity to present the actions undertaken and the prospects for the future in these high-growth sectors.

 

Protection of journalists – United Nations – Adoption of a resolution by the General Assembly (November 21, 2014)

France welcomes the adoption by consensus on November 21 at the UN General Assembly of a resolution on the protection of journalists tabled by France together with Argentina, Austria, Costa Rica, Greece and Tunisia.

This text, which is being co-sponsored by an increasing number of states, aims to combat impunity for violence against journalists.

It reinforces the obligation of states to prevent violence against journalists and calls on them to take concrete measures to provide journalists with a safe working environment.

 

Death penalty – United Nations – Adoption by the General Assembly of a resolution calling for a moratorium (November 21, 2014)

France welcomes the adoption on November 21 by the General Assembly of a resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty.

This biennial resolution confirms the global trend toward the abolition of the death penalty; a moratorium is the first step toward abolition. This text was put forward by a group of 95 countries from all regions of the world and demonstrates once again that the death penalty is not a matter of culture but a matter of principle.

France continues to mobilize its efforts in support of this fight, within the framework of the campaign for the universal abolition of the death penalty launched by Mr. Laurent Fabius in October 2012.

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