Paris, 15 mai 2012
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Bernard Valero, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, 14 May 2012)
DRC – Attack on MONUSCO soldiers
France strongly condemns the attack that injured 7 MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) blue helmets yesterday in South Kivu.
It calls on the DRC authorities to ensure that those responsible for this attack be brought to justice.
France is extremely concerned by the situation in the Kivus, which is particularly affecting the civilian population. It reaffirms its full support for MONUSCO which must be able to fully accomplish its mission to protect civilians and urges all Congolese actors to respect this action, in particular in eastern DRC.
Conclusion of an agreement between the Israeli authorities and the representatives of Palestinian prisoners in Israel
France welcomes the conclusion of an agreement between the Israeli authorities and the representatives of Palestinian prisoners which puts an end to a very troubling situation and is a positive development.
We welcome the planned measures, notably those aimed at improving the detention conditions of the Palestinian prisoners, which respond to a long-standing demand on the part of President Abbas. We will closely monitor their implementation.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights : extension of Ms. Navanethem Pillay’s term
France welcomes the UN Secretary-General’s proposal for a 2-year extension of the term of Ms. Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Ms. Pillay has shown resolute commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights around the world, with complete independence. France reaffirms its full support for the work and action of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which, under Ms. Pillay’s leadership, has been able to take decisive action throughout her term.
France urges the General Assembly to endorse this choice so that she can continue her work.
Haiti : appointment of Mr. Laurent Lamothe
France welcomes President Michel Martelly’s appointment of a Haitian Prime Minister, Mr. Laurent Lamothe, who enjoyed strong support in the two chambers of Parliament.
Following the vote on the budget, this appointment is a further sign of national unity which is encouraging.
The formation of a government which has the support of the parliamentarians should allow the authorities to take resolute action to improve the fate of the people, to coordinate and implement major reconstruction projects and to establish effective governance across the country.
All actors involved in Haitian political life must continue their efforts to promote dialogue and consensus-building in the national interest.
France, together with its European and international partners, will continue to support Haiti and to strive to promote the country’s development. We notably want to help consolidate the rule of law and to build strong institutions that serve the Haitian people.