Defense Council: Iraq/Ukraine
Paris, September 3, 2014
President Hollande convened a restricted meeting of the Defense Council on September 3 to take stock of the situation in Iraq and review all of the measures that can be taken to mobilize the efforts of the international community to combat the Islamic State and the threat it poses to the entire region and beyond.
To that end, President Hollande emphasized the need for a political, humanitarian and, if necessary, military response in accordance with international law. France intends to continue to work closely with all of its partners to ensure that this response is coordinated across all areas and is commensurate with a now serious global threat.
The Council also addressed preparations for the Paris Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, the scope and timetable of which are being reviewed in close cooperation with the Iraqi authorities.
In addition, the Defense Council reviewed the situation in Ukraine. It is serious. The recent actions by Russia in eastern Ukraine are contrary to the basic notions of security in Europe. President Hollande noted that, despite the possibility of a ceasefire, which is yet to be confirmed and implemented, the conditions that will allow France to authorize the delivery of the first amphibious landing ship (BPC) have so far not been met.