Paris, June 11, 2012
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ deputy spokesman (Paris, 11th June 2012) :
Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Djibril Bassolé, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation (June 11, 2012)
Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will today receive at the Quai d’Orsay, Mr. Djibril Bassolé, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation.
During this meeting the two ministers will discuss as a priority the crisis in Mali, for which Burkina Faso has been appointed a mediator by ECOWAS, and its regional impact. The situation in Guinea Bissau will also be discussed. The minister will reaffirm France’s support for the efforts of ECOWAS, and, more generally, for the crisis management efforts by sub-regional organizations.
This meeting will also provide an opportunity to review the internal situation in Burkina Faso, in preparation for the elections in December 2012 and the presidential elections in 2015.
Election of Mr. Abdelbaset Sieda as leader of the Syrian National Council
We warmly congratulate Mr. Abdelbaset Sieda on assuming the leadership of the Syrian National Council.
Mr. Laurent Fabius will talk with him this afternoon.
France supports the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people for a peaceful transition toward democracy. Faced with the regime’s relentless crackdown which again resulted in more than 170 deaths this weekend, the Syrian opposition must be able to agree, in a spirit of openness and unity, on a common vision of the Syria of tomorrow.
Election of Mr. Vuk Jeremic as President of the next UN General Assembly
Mr. Vuk Jeremic has been elected as President of the next UN General Assembly. We warmly congratulate him.
France will offer him its full support with respect to managing the work and debates of the General Assembly, so that he can bring his extensive professionalism to this institution in the spirit of impartiality and openness that characterizes this position.
Could you clarify your position regarding the Russian proposal to “very swiftly” call for an international conference on Syria, as outlined by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday, which would include, among other countries, Iran ? Thank you.
We already expressed our opinion regarding these questions. We will have further exchanges with Russia this week with respect to this issue.
We are coordinating with all our partners in the international community who support the effective implementation of the 6-point plan of the Joint Special Envoy, Kofi Annan, aimed at ensuring a democratic transition that will respond to the aspirations of the Syrian people.
It is also with this goal in mind that the minister of foreign affairs announced the holding of the next meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group in Paris on July 6.
With respect to Iran, please refer to the statements issued by Mr. Laurent Fabius, who made his views on this matter very clear at the meeting on Syria in Istanbul on Wednesday.
What’s your response to the violence between Muslims and Buddhists that has taken place in recent days in western Burma ?
We’re concerned by the recent upsurge in violence in Rakhine State where a state of emergency was declared yesterday.
We urge all parties concerned to exercise restraint and to engage in dialogue in order to reach a constructive solution that is acceptable to everyone.
We hope that the democratic transition process initiated by President Thein Sein will continue throughout the country in order to achieve national reconciliation.