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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, March 4, 2015)

Published on May 28, 2008

2015 monthly review

Syria – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria (March 4, 2015)
Mozambique – Murder of Mr. Gilles Cistac (March 3, 2015)
Climate – High-level French-American forum on sustainable cities (Washington, March 5 and 6, 2015)
Economic diplomacy – China – Cooperation in the agri-food sector (March 1, 2015)
Afghanistan – Deadly storms and avalanches (Feb. 25)


Syria – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria (March 4, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius will meet with Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura today.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to reaffirm France’s support for Mr. Mistura’s mission, which aims to secure a political transition in Syria based on the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of June 30, 2012.

The only way to address the humanitarian consequences of the crisis affecting the country and region and the terrorist threat that has been fuelled by five years of conflict, and to find a lasting solution to the crisis, is through a comprehensive political solution in Syria.


Mozambique – Murder of Mr. Gilles Cistac (March 3, 2015)

France condemns the murder on March 3 in Maputo of our compatriot Gilles Cistac, Professor of Law at the University of Maputo, a dual citizen committed to the democratic debate in Mozambique.

This heinous crime is a violation of the freedom of expression and opinion. We are in close contact with the Mozambican authorities; we have asked them to do everything possible to ensure that the perpetrators of this murder are held accountable.

France extends its condolences to Mr. Cistac’s family.

Climate – High-level French-American forum on sustainable cities (Washington, March 5 and 6, 2015)

The French diplomatic network is mobilizing its efforts to prepare for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the success of which is one of the key objectives identified by Mr. Laurent Fabius. The Embassy of France in Washington will bring together, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, representatives of American cities (Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Houston…) and of French cities (Paris, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Bordeaux...) in order to share their sustainable development initiatives.

More than 250 American and French participants are expected to attend: policymakers, locally elected representatives, entrepreneurs, experts and members of NGOs. Mr. Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian Minister of State for Environment and President of COP20 and Ambassador Laurence Tubiana,

Special Representative of Laurent Fabius, will participate in the forum.

Dialogue between all stakeholders – states, local authorities, businesses and civil society – is key to ensuring the success of COP 21.

For more information please visit focus2015.franceintheus.org or follow the hashtag #CTs4COP21.

Economic diplomacy – China – Cooperation in the agri-food sector (March 1, 2015)

We welcome the decision by the Chinese health authorities to authorize three French charcuterie producers (Brocéliande/ Cooperl group; Haraguy/ Delpeyrat group; SACCOR) to export to China.

France’s excellent health standards and procedures in this area were acknowledged through the signing, during the prime minister’s visit to China in January, of a cooperation agreement between the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA).

Bilateral cooperation in the agri-food sector is a promising area for the French-Chinese partnership, which Ms. Martine Aubry, in her capacity as Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development for China, is promoting on behalf of France.

Afghanistan – Deadly storms and avalanches (Feb. 25)

We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic toll taken by the avalanches and storms in northeastern Afghanistan, which left hundreds dead.

France offers its condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones. It stands united with the Afghan people and authorities.

It hails the courage of all those who provided assistance to the affected populations, and the mobilization of the Afghan authorities in this difficult situation.


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