Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, July 30, 2015)
• Syria - Death sentences for Michel Kilo and Faisal al-Qassem
• Diplomacy - Death of Jacques Andréani, Ambassador of France (July 25)
France is concerned about decisions taken by the Israeli authorities on July 22 and 29 paving the way for the construction of several hundred new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
As I reminded the European Union foreign ministers on July 20, settlements are illegal in the eyes of international law. The Israeli authorities must bring an end to the settlements, which fuel tensions on the ground and seriously undermine the viability of the two-State solution.
France condemns the death sentences handed down by the Syrian court for the eminent intellectual Michel Kilo and the journalist Faisal al-Qassem.
These decisions are the latest in a long line of sentences for dissidents, journalists and human rights activists by a justice system that flouts fundamental rights.
France reiterates its call for the immediate release of the thousands of people, including women and children, detained arbitrarily by the Syrian regime. It renews its support for all those who courageously continue to denounce human rights violations in Syria and champion the right to information.
We were saddened to learn of the passing, on July 25, of Jacques Andréani, an ambassador of France and an exemplary diplomat. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his loved ones.
A diplomat with an impressive career who served as ambassador to Rome and Washington, this major player in the evolution of East-West relations during the Cold War always worked for the return of peace and cooperation in Europe.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development pays tribute to his memory.