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Central African Republic – Middle East peace process – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Publié le April 7, 2014
Press briefing by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman (excerpts)
Paris, April 4, 2014

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Central African Republic

Q. – What’s your reaction to the Chadian pullout?

THE SPOKESMAN – France notes the announcement of a gradual withdrawal of Chadian troops from MISCA [AFISM-CAR] and pays tribute to the commitment of the Chadian authorities and President Déby, in close consultation with their African partners, to seeking a solution to the crisis in the Central African Republic since December 2012.

France also pays tribute to Chad’s strong involvement in supporting peace and security in the region. We’re committed to the close dialogue our country maintains with Chad on all subjects.

France reiterates its full support for MISCA in implementing its mandate to protect civilians, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2127 and with the support of Operation Sangaris. It’s essential for MISCA to have resources adapted to fulfilling this demanding mission, in the context of the process to stabilize the Central African Republic.

France welcomes the decision taken on 1 April 2014 to launch the European military operation, EUFOR RCA. (…)

Middle East peace process

Q. – The negotiations process is completely blocked. What are you saying?

THE SPOKESMAN – We’re calling for the negotiations process to be pursued. It’s the only way for a peace agreement, which we’ve been waiting a long time for, to be reached. We call on each party to show responsibility and commitment in order to make this process succeed. We attach a great deal of importance to this and support the American efforts.

Q. – The Palestinians have talked about the possibility of joining the ranks of various international bodies…

THE SPOKESMAN – We’ve noted these statements. We reaffirm our wish for the ongoing discussions process to continue.

Q. – What’s your reaction to the planned opening of an archeology museum in East Jerusalem?

THE SPOKESMAN – The parties made commitments which enabled the negotiations to resume in the summer of 2013. They must refrain from any gesture likely to put a brake on the discussions. France continuously supports efforts to reach a definitive peace agreement. The negotiations are creating a historic opportunity which is essential to grasp. (…)./.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Q. – Can one speak about the Foreign Trade Ministry being incorporated into the Foreign Ministry?

THE SPOKESMAN – The government’s aim has been to take a new step in boosting the effectiveness and coherence of the state’s external action. This is reflected in the creation of a major international cluster placed under the authority of M. Laurent Fabius, number two in the government, including foreign trade and tourism alongside the Foreign Ministry’s traditional missions. The aim of creating this international cluster is to concentrate resources on France’s economic recovery.

The Ministry’s traditional missions are still, of course, central to Laurent Fabius’s work: peace and security, scientific and cultural cooperation, Francophony, development, major global issues, the fight against climate change, particularly in the run-up to the 2015 Paris climate conference.

This will enable us to make the state’s services in Paris and in our network abroad more successful and to make better use of our structures abroad under the authority of the ambassadors.

Q. – Will this be done in consultation with the Economy Ministry?

THE SPOKESMAN – Of course. It’s being done in close consultation with the Ministry of the Economy, Production Recovery and the Digital Economy. (…)./.