Paris, May 25, 2012
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Bernard Valero, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, 25 May 2012) :
Regarding Turkey, I would firstly like to reaffirm that the friendly meeting between President Hollande and President Gul on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Chicago demonstrated and continues to demonstrate a shared determination to revitalize relations between France and Turkey.
I reaffirm that this country is a key partner and ally of France. Our relations should therefore be even stronger in all areas. They should be based on dialogue, trust and mutual respect. France is carrying out a comprehensive in-depth review in order to open a new chapter in its relations with Turkey. Lastly, I would like to reaffirm how much we value the continuation of good relations between the European Union and Turkey. This of course implies that Turkey will maintain good relations with all EU Member States and that it will work constructively with each of them.
Somalia – Murder of Radio Shabelle journalist Ahmed Ado Anshur
France utterly condemns the murder on May 24 in Mogadishu of Mr. Ahmed Ado Anshur, a Radio Shabelle journalist, as he was returning home.
France extends its condolences to his family, his friends and his colleagues on the editorial team of Radio Shabelle ; several of the station’s journalists have paid with their lives for their independence, their courage and their commitment to the freedom of information over the last few months.
The murder of Mr. Ahmed Ado Anshur brings the number of journalists killed in Somalia since the beginning of the year to 6. Several were also injured during the attack perpetrated in Mogadishu on Wednesday, April 4 against Mogadishu’s National Theater.
France calls on the Somali authorities to shed light on the circumstances behind this crime, to identify those who perpetrated and instigated it, and to bring them to justice.
While Somalia now ranks among one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the profession of journalism, the Somali authorities must take all necessary measures to allow journalists to carry out their work freely and in complete safety.
France reaffirms its attachment to the freedom of the press and its solidarity with the Somali journalists who play a critical role in the dissemination of free and pluralistic information.