French Official statements : Paris, july 25th 2013
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Philippe Lalliot, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, july 25th 2013)
Guinea – Emergency humanitarian assistance
France deplores the ethnic violence that took place last week in Guinea, in N’Zérékoré and its region, which killed around 100 people and injured 200 others, according to the latest reports.
We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and express our solidarity with the Guinean people. France calls on the authorities to do everything possible to ensure that the perpetrators do not benefit from impunity and are brought to justice.
In order to respond to the emergency situation, France has decided to provide medical assistance to the hospital in N’Zérékoré, to which the injured have been evacuated, in the form of 2 tons of medical supplies.
This assistance will make it possible to provide medical care to around 200 people. It will be delivered to Conakry on July 26, and then to N’Zérékoré with the support of the Guinean authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
European Union – Communication issued by the Commission on the defense industry (July 24, 2013)
France welcomes the communication issued yesterday by the Commission : “Towards a more competitive and efficient European defense and security sector.” This is a significant contribution to the discussions on the strengthening of the European Defense Technological and Industrial Base – which is essential to ensuring the credibility of the Common Security and Defense Policy.
We will examine this communication in detail but we already note - among the many positive things - the Commission’s determination to contribute to this objective, notably through the mobilization of the SMEs and support for research and development programs, especially dual military/ civil-military programs.
The document is consistent with the objectives of the European Council in December devoted to the Common Security and Defense Policy. This event will provide an opportunity for the heads of state and government to set ambitious and concrete guidelines in 3 areas : operations, capacity and development of the European defense industry.