Paris, June 13, 2012
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Bernard Valero, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, 13th June 2012) :
Iraq – Series of attacks
France strongly condemns the series of attacks that hit Baghdad and 6 other Iraqi cities today and which left more than 50 people dead and dozens injured.
We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and friends, and we express our wholehearted sympathy with the injured.
France stands alongside the Iraqi authorities in their fight against terrorism. In these tragic circumstances, we reaffirm our support for the efforts to ensure the country’s recovery initiated by the Iraqi government.
Yemen – Adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2051
France welcomes the unanimous adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2051 on the continuation of the political transition in Yemen. In the same spirit as resolution 2014 adopted on October 21, the Security Council thus marks its determination to encourage Yemen to continue on the path that it has embarked upon :
by solemnly reaffirming the international community’s support for the new democratically elected authorities and President Hadi’s efforts to guide the transition ;
by giving a clear warning to the destabilizing elements in this process, at the political as well as security level, including by expressing its readiness to consider sanctions.
The Security Council remains mobilized and vigilant in order to ensure, through peaceful means, the success of an orderly, democratic transition in Yemen, the only credible response to the legitimate aspirations of the people. France would like the Security Council to signal the same determination in order to take effective action to achieve the outcome that corresponds to the aspirations of the people with respect to other ongoing crises.
Does France believe, like Hervé Ladsous, that Syria is in a state of civil war ?
Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will give a press briefing today at 3:30 pm at the Quai d’Orsay on the situation in Syria.