Paris, May 14, 2012

Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Bernard Valero, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, 14 May 2012)

Lebanon – Violence in Tripoli

France condemns the violence that left 4 people dead and more than 40 injured in Tripoli over the weekend. We express our condolences to the bereaved as well as our sympathy to the injured.

In the context of the Syrian crisis, France stands alongside the Lebanese authorities in their determination to ease internal tensions.

France calls on all Lebanese people to give precedence to the interests of Lebanon over all other considerations and to promote dialogue, national unity and civil peace in order to prevent a crisis that is not of their making from spilling over into the country.

What is France’s response to the violence in northern Lebanon which left 3 people dead including an army solder and more than 27 injured ? And this follows the arrest of an Islamist on Saturday in the wake of other arrests of Salafists accused of being members of Al Qaeda.

Please refer to the statement that I’ve just made.

Arrest of a senior member of the LRA

We welcome the arrest of Caesar Acellam, one of the leaders of the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army), by Ugandan forces on May 12.

France welcomes this further blow to a terrorist movement that has increased the level of crimes and abuse in the region.

This arrest again shows the importance of the regional coordination that is being implemented under the auspices of the African Union, with the support of the United States, the EU and the UN. In this context, France continues to support the Central African Armed Forces through substantial and continuous military cooperation aimed at strengthening their operational capacity, notably within the framework of the fight against the LRA.

We hope that these combined efforts will lead to the swift arrest of the leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony, as well as other senior members of this movement sought by the International Criminal Court.

Yemen – Attack against the Bulgarian ambassador

France condemns the attack against the Bulgarian ambassador in Sana’a and expresses its solidarity with him as well as with the Bulgarian authorities. We hope that full light will be swiftly shed on this extremely serious incident.

On this occasion, France reaffirms its support for the efforts undertaken by the Yemeni authorities to ensure the security and stability of the country while fully implementing the transition process in accordance with the wishes of the Yemeni people.

Adoption by the UN Committee on World Food Security of the guidelines on good land governance for the purchase and leasing of land (May 11, 2012)

France welcomes the adoption on May 11 by the UN Committee on World Food Security of “Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.”

These guidelines constitute a milestone in the fight against poverty and food insecurity. They provide a frame of reference for land tenure systems that ensure more secure and more equitable access to land and natural resources, a key condition for encouraging responsible investment in agriculture, in particular by and in support of the most vulnerable agricultural producers. Regarding the issue of large-scale land appropriation, the text calls for the implementation of additional protection measures (parliamentary oversight, ceilings, etc.).

France, together with the EU, has successfully achieved recognition of existing lawful land rights, including informal rights, and the application of strong principles such as respect for human rights, the rule of law, the principles of consultation, transparency, non-discrimination and gender equality.

The governments must now implement these guidelines, with the involvement and support of all stakeholders. France will play its full role in order to help achieve this.

The text is the fruit of an exemplary negotiation process involving representatives from the governments, civil society and the private sector. It’s an achievement for the Committee on World Food Security hosted by the FAO and promoted by France and the EU.

Afghanistan – Announcement of the 3rd phase of the transition

We’ve taken note of the announcements made yesterday by Afghan President Hamid Karzai regarding the continuation of the transition in Afghanistan, including in Kapisa where the French army is operating.

France congratulates President Karzai and the Afghan government on these decisions which build on the Afghan president’s visit in January when the treaty of friendship and cooperation between our two countries was signed. These decisions also reflect the progress observed on the ground through the concerted action of the ISAF forces and the Afghan security forces.

On the eve of the NATO summit in Chicago, they mark an important new stage in the process to allow the Afghans to assume full responsibility for the security of their territory.

Syria

Do you have any response to the assault carried out by Syrian troops against the village of Al-Tamanaa Al-Ghab ?

The Syrian authorities have just committed another massacre in the village of Al-Tamanaa Al-Ghab. The continuation of this bloody crackdown again shows the duplicity of the Damascus regime, which had pledged to withdraw its troops and to stop the bombing.

France calls on the UN observers to exercise the utmost vigilance and reaffirms the urgent need to swiftly deploy more observers so that the international community may be fully informed of the Syrian reality and so that their presence will discourage the continuation of this crime against humanity.

Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Bernard Valero, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, 14 May 2012)

Lebanon – Violence in Tripoli

France condemns the violence that left 4 people dead and more than 40 injured in Tripoli over the weekend. We express our condolences to the bereaved as well as our sympathy to the injured.

In the context of the Syrian crisis, France stands alongside the Lebanese authorities in their determination to ease internal tensions.

France calls on all Lebanese people to give precedence to the interests of Lebanon over all other considerations and to promote dialogue, national unity and civil peace in order to prevent a crisis that is not of their making from spilling over into the country.

What is France’s response to the violence in northern Lebanon which left 3 people dead including an army solder and more than 27 injured ? And this follows the arrest of an Islamist on Saturday in the wake of other arrests of Salafists accused of being members of Al Qaeda.

Please refer to the statement that I’ve just made.

Arrest of a senior member of the LRA

We welcome the arrest of Caesar Acellam, one of the leaders of the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army), by Ugandan forces on May 12.

France welcomes this further blow to a terrorist movement that has increased the level of crimes and abuse in the region.

This arrest again shows the importance of the regional coordination that is being implemented under the auspices of the African Union, with the support of the United States, the EU and the UN. In this context, France continues to support the Central African Armed Forces through substantial and continuous military cooperation aimed at strengthening their operational capacity, notably within the framework of the fight against the LRA.

We hope that these combined efforts will lead to the swift arrest of the leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony, as well as other senior members of this movement sought by the International Criminal Court.

Yemen – Attack against the Bulgarian ambassador

France condemns the attack against the Bulgarian ambassador in Sana’a and expresses its solidarity with him as well as with the Bulgarian authorities. We hope that full light will be swiftly shed on this extremely serious incident.

On this occasion, France reaffirms its support for the efforts undertaken by the Yemeni authorities to ensure the security and stability of the country while fully implementing the transition process in accordance with the wishes of the Yemeni people.

Adoption by the UN Committee on World Food Security of the guidelines on good land governance for the purchase and leasing of land (May 11, 2012)

France welcomes the adoption on May 11 by the UN Committee on World Food Security of “Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.”

These guidelines constitute a milestone in the fight against poverty and food insecurity. They provide a frame of reference for land tenure systems that ensure more secure and more equitable access to land and natural resources, a key condition for encouraging responsible investment in agriculture, in particular by and in support of the most vulnerable agricultural producers. Regarding the issue of large-scale land appropriation, the text calls for the implementation of additional protection measures (parliamentary oversight, ceilings, etc.).

France, together with the EU, has successfully achieved recognition of existing lawful land rights, including informal rights, and the application of strong principles such as respect for human rights, the rule of law, the principles of consultation, transparency, non-discrimination and gender equality.

The governments must now implement these guidelines, with the involvement and support of all stakeholders. France will play its full role in order to help achieve this.

The text is the fruit of an exemplary negotiation process involving representatives from the governments, civil society and the private sector. It’s an achievement for the Committee on World Food Security hosted by the FAO and promoted by France and the EU.

Afghanistan – Announcement of the 3rd phase of the transition

We’ve taken note of the announcements made yesterday by Afghan President Hamid Karzai regarding the continuation of the transition in Afghanistan, including in Kapisa where the French army is operating.

France congratulates President Karzai and the Afghan government on these decisions which build on the Afghan president’s visit in January when the treaty of friendship and cooperation between our two countries was signed. These decisions also reflect the progress observed on the ground through the concerted action of the ISAF forces and the Afghan security forces.

On the eve of the NATO summit in Chicago, they mark an important new stage in the process to allow the Afghans to assume full responsibility for the security of their territory.

Syria

Do you have any response to the assault carried out by Syrian troops against the village of Al-Tamanaa Al-Ghab ?

The Syrian authorities have just committed another massacre in the village of Al-Tamanaa Al-Ghab. The continuation of this bloody crackdown again shows the duplicity of the Damascus regime, which had pledged to withdraw its troops and to stop the bombing.

France calls on the UN observers to exercise the utmost vigilance and reaffirms the urgent need to swiftly deploy more observers so that the international community may be fully informed of the Syrian reality and so that their presence will discourage the continuation of this crime against humanity.

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