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

Published on November 25, 2014
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2014 monthly review

European Union – Mr. Harlem Désir’s visit to Strasbourg (November 24 to 25, 2014)
Serbia – Montenegro – Meeting between Mr. Harlem Désir and the Serbian minister responsible for European integration and Montenegro’s state secretary for European integration (Paris, November 26, 2014)
Democratic Republic of Congo – Massacres near Beni in North Kivu Province (November 20, 2014)
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25, 2014)


European Union – Mr. Harlem Désir’s visit to Strasbourg (November 24 to 25, 2014)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit Strasbourg on November 24 and 25 within the framework of the plenary session of the European Parliament.

He will discuss with Mr. Alain Cadec (European People’s Party), Chair of the Committee on Fisheries, deep-sea fishing and drift-net fishing, as well as the impact of the ban on fish discards at sea.

Mr. Harlem Désir will discuss with Mr. Claude Moraes (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats), Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the European counter-terrorism strategy, the phenomenon of foreign fighters and the management of migration flows. The issue relating to the transfer of passenger data between the EU and Canada will also be discussed.


Serbia – Montenegro – Meeting between Mr. Harlem Désir and the Serbian minister responsible for European integration and Montenegro’s state secretary for European integration (Paris, November 26, 2014)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will tomorrow receive Ms. Jadranka Joksimović, Serbian Minister responsible for European Integration, as well as Mr. Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, Montenegro’s State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator for Accession to the EU.

Mr. Désir will discuss with Ms. Joksimović the negotiations on Serbia’s accession to the EU, which opened in January, as well as the strengthening of our bilateral relations following the prime minister’s visit to Belgrade.

He will discuss with Mr. Pejović the process of negotiating Montenegro’s accession to the EU and will stress France’s priorities, especially the promotion of the rule of law.


Democratic Republic of Congo – Massacres near Beni in North Kivu Province (November 20, 2014)

France condemns the massacres perpetrated on November 20 near the town of Beni in North Kivu Province. It also condemns the unacceptable attacks targeted against peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last few days. The death toll resulting from the violence in the region since the middle of October exceeds 200.

At this tragic time, we extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

Given the risk of further destabilization in North Kivu, the Congolese authorities and the UN mission must do everything possible to protect the civilian populations, combat the armed groups, identify those responsible for the violence and bring them to justice.


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25, 2014)

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we will host today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development a seminar on France’s action to prevent sexual violence being used as a weapon of war and to prevent the trafficking of human beings.

This event will bring together numerous stakeholders from the voluntary and medical sectors and civil society. It will be brought to a close by Ms. Nicole Ameline, Chair of the Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and Ms. Myria Vassiliadou, European Anti-Trafficking Coordinator at the European Commission.

In this respect, France welcomes yesterday’s adoption by consensus of a resolution by the UN General Assembly on this issue, which we tabled together with the Netherlands and which was co-sponsored by more than 110 states. We also set up an international working group on violence against girls in school in October 2014.

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