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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 27, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

Germanwings flight – Mr. Harlem Désir’s participation in the ceremony honoring the victims (Barcelona, April 27, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will travel to Spain today to participate in the ceremony honoring the victims of the Germanwings flight.

This tragedy, which took place on March 24 in the Alps, killed more than 150 people of many different nationalities. It shocked all Europeans.

Mr. Harlem Désir will convey, on behalf of France, our deepest condolences to all of the families and friends of the victims. He will express to King Felipe IV and Queen Letizia and the Spanish government France’s support at this difficult time.

 


150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union (April 27, 2015) – Mr. Matthias Fekl’s participation in the celebrations

Mr. Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, and Ms. Axelle Lemaire, Minister of State for the Digital Sector, will today participate at the Quai d’Orsay in the ceremony to mark the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union.

The International Telecommunication Union is the only standardization body for new technologies (radiocommunications, satellites) where the public and private sectors discuss, negotiate, and work together on the development of new technologies around the world. This forum is an important tool for the development of telecommunications, cyber security and equal access to these technologies.

As a founding member of the International Telecommunication Union, France is actively involved in its work and ensures, together with all member countries, that the international community continually improves its response to the strategic challenges relating to the development of telecommunications.

 


Yemen – Appointment of Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General (April 25, 2015)

France congratulates Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on his appointment as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen.

We support the efforts of the UN to achieve an inclusive political settlement to the crisis in Yemen.

France reaffirms the importance of the full and swift implementation of resolution 2216 adopted by the Security Council on April 14. We call on all Yemeni parties to return to a national reconciliation process, the only way to achieve a political solution.

 


Azerbaijan

President Hollande travelled to Azerbaijan this weekend to meet with Ilham Aliyev. Was this just a meeting between heads of state or did representatives from the Quai d’Orsay also take part in the visit? More generally, what efforts is France making to resolve the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh?

It was a meeting between President Hollande and his Azerbaijani counterpart.

France is fully committed within the Minsk Group, which it co-chairs together with the United States and Russia, to finding a negotiated and lasting solution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, which has dragged on for too long. The status quo is in no one’s interest: neither Armenia’s nor Azerbaijan’s.

That’s why President Hollande wished to relaunch the diplomatic initiative by hosting in Paris on October 27, 2014, a summit attended by the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents. This meeting made it possible to reach an agreement on an initial confidence-building measure of a humanitarian nature, consisting of an exchange of data relating to persons who disappeared during the conflict, which has begun to be implemented. This meeting also made it possible to give new impetus to the negotiations within the framework of the Minsk Group, based on the so-called Madrid Principles: the non-use of force, respect for the territorial integrity of the states, and the right of people to self-determination. The increase in tensions that we’ve seen over the last few months confirms that it is absolutely vital to ensure they are observed.

 

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