South Korea/North Korea
Paris, May 20, 2010
Bernard Kouchner spoke this morning on the telephone to his South Korean counterpart, Yu Myung-hwan, who informed him of the results of the international investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan ship.
The Minister expressed to him France’s very firm condemnation of the attack which was directed against the Republic of Korea and for which the international investigation’s findings prove that North Korea was responsible. Bernard Kouchner assured him of France’s wholehearted solidarity, and that of her European partners, in this ordeal.
We reiterate our condolences to the families of the 46 victims, and the South Korean authorities and people.
We urge North Korea to abandon the path of deadly violence, rejoin the path of international legality, engage in peaceful dialogue and return to the negotiating table./.