Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, July 2, 2015)
• OECD - Meeting between Harlem Désir and the permanent representatives of the EU countries to the OECD (Paris, July 2, 2015)
• South Sudan - Attack against UNMISS and adoption of sanctions at the UN Security Council (July 1 2015)
• Philippines - Ferry disaster (July 2, 2015)
Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, received his Polish counterpart, Rafal Trzaskowski, this morning.
They discussed the major topical European issues: the situation in Greece, the response to the challenges of migration, the fight against terrorism as well as energy and climate issues in the run-up to COP21.
Mr. Désir and Mr. Trzaskowski also worked on strengthening our bilateral relations, notably in the economic field.
Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today receive at the Quai d’Orsay the permanent representatives of the EU countries to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
They will discuss topical European issues following the European Council meeting on June 25 and 26, including in particular the challenges of growth, investment and employment. They will also discuss the fight against climate disruption and preparations for COP21.
France condemns the attack against the UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan) protection of civilians site on July 1 in Malakal, which killed one person and injured several others according to provisional reports.
We call for an investigation to be conducted in order to ensure that the perpetrators of this attack, which could constitute a war crime, are held accountable for their acts.
In this context, and as called for by the African Union leaders at the summit in Johannesburg in June, France welcomes the Security Council decision to adopt targeted sanctions against six South Sudanese military officials from both sides who pose a threat to regional peace and security.
We were shocked to learn of the sinking of the Kim Nirvana ferry carrying passengers from the town of Ormoc and the Camotes Islands, which left several dozen people dead.
In these tragic circumstances, France extends its condolences to the victims’ families and expresses its solidarity with the authorities and the people of the Philippines