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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, September 12, 2014)

Published on September 12, 2014
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2014 monthly review

United Nations – Release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)
Lebanon – French contribution of €7 million to the World Bank’s Trust Fund
European Heritage Days (September 20 to 21, 2014)


United Nations – Release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)

France pays tribute to the courage of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force, who were taken hostage on August 28.

We condemn all forms of violent action against peacekeepers who risk their lives to carry out UN missions and play a critical role in resolving conflicts and crises throughout the world.

France underscores Fiji’s contribution to peacekeeping.

Lebanon – French contribution of 7 million euros to the World Bank’s Trust Fund

France welcomes the signing on September 12 in Beirut of the agreement allowing the payment of France’s contribution of 7 million euros to the World Bank’s Trust Fund for Lebanon. This aid had been announced on March 5 at the meeting in Paris on Lebanon.

It aims to help this country to receive, under the best possible conditions, the refugees who, every day, are fleeing from the barbarity of the Syrian regime and Daesh. It reflects our unwavering commitment to this country’s stability. It is also in line with the action of the International Support Group for Lebanon, which will meet again in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly; France’s commitment to this group is constant.

France hopes that further contributions will make it possible to increase the fund’s resources.


European Heritage Days (September 20 to 21, 2014)

On the occasion of the 2014 edition of European Heritage Days, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development will open four sites to the public: The Hôtel du ministre at the Quai d’Orsay, the Château de la Celle-Saint-Cloud and its park and the Diplomatic Archives Centers in La Courneuve and in Nantes.

Visits to the Hôtel du ministre will feature music events (Republican Guard, “Diplo Voce” choir) and exhibitions. Visitors will be able to discover places that are normally off-limits and a heritage that is often overlooked.

The Hôtel du ministre was completed in 1855 under Napoléon III and is representative of the decorative art of the Second Empire. It has notably hosted major international negotiations, such as the Treaty of Versailles negotiations in 1919 that put an end to the First World War.

1. This year’s theme is “Natural Heritage, Cultural Heritage.” Visitors will therefore be able to see a presentation of images of French sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including the most recent of these, the Chauvet Cave, which was added to the list in June 2014. They will also be able to talk to those responsible for the protection and development of the cave through its replica project, a true technological achievement, due to be inaugurated in April 2015.

2. The series of 20 Culture Drone clips entitled “The chateaux that make up France,” directed and produced by Gonzague Saint Bris, will be presented for the first time at the Quai d’Orsay.

3. On the occasion of the centenary of the First World War, a Diplomatic Archives exhibition entitled, “The Quai d’Orsay in the Great War,” will feature numerous historical documents illustrating France’s role.

4. The artist Marie Denis, winner of the Prix Médicis and the “1% artistique” prize awarded by the Embassy of France and the Institut français in Jakarta will present some of her works.

A number of French embassies (notably the Palazzo Farnese in Rome and the Palacio dos Santos in Lisbon) and consulates abroad will also be open to the public during the Heritage Days which will take place, depending on the country, between the weekend of September 13 to 14 and that of October 4 to 5.

A detailed program of events is available on the France Diplomatie website: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr
Sites open to the public:

• The Hôtel du Ministre at the Quai d’Orsay: September 20 and 21 from 10 am to 6 pm

The Château de la Celle-Saint-Cloud and its park: September 20 and 21 from 10 am to 6 pm

The Diplomatic Archives Center in La Courneuve: September 20 from 2 pm to 5pm

The Diplomatic Archives Center in Nantes: September 21 from 10:30 am to 6 pm

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