Paris, June 6, 2012
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Bernard Valero, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, 6th June 2012) :
Visit to Paris by the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas (June 7 to 8)
Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, will visit Paris from Thursday, June 7 to Friday, June 8. On this occasion he will meet with President Hollande, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister.
This visit, which is the first by a Palestinian leader since the start of the five-year term of office, will provide an opportunity for France to affirm its commitment to just and lasting peace in the Middle East, requiring the establishment of a viable and sovereign Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel.
These meetings will also provide an opportunity to review the political and economic situation of the Palestinian Territories as well as our bilateral relations, which are marked by France’s strong support for the establishment of the institutions of the future Palestinian State.
Violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan
France, which co-chairs the Minsk Group, expresses its deep concern following the violent incidents on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan which have resulted in 8 deaths over the past few days.
There can be no military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The parties must be fully committed to implementing a peaceful settlement based on the respect of the principles of the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act, notably the non-use of force, territorial integrity and the right of peoples to self-determination.
Another meeting between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan and the Minsk Group’s co-chairs is scheduled to take place in June in Paris in order to continue the negotiations. We are preparing for this meeting.
This morning, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tasked Riyad Hijab with forming a new government following the parliamentary elections in May. Do you have any response ?
Bashar al-Assad remains stubbornly deaf to the demands of his people. Following the sham “parliamentary elections” last month, this appointment is another cop-out, a charade, which does not meet the expectations of the Syrian people or the international community.
The regime must urgently stop massacring its people and commit to implementing Mr. Kofi Annan’s plan.