Posted by: APO | 14 August 2007

French Daily Press Briefing

Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

(excerpts)

 

(Paris, August 13, 2007)

[Please note that only the original French text issued by the

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be considered official.

 

 

 

SOMALIA

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France condemns the assassination of two Somali journalists, Mahad Ahmed Elmi and Ali Iman Chamarke, on Saturday and Sunday in Mogadishu, and reiterates its attachment to freedom of expression throughout the world.

 

This fundamental right, as well as that of the protection of journalists—who must not be deliberately targeted—in the exercise of their profession, was strongly stated in SCR 1738.

 

These assassinations demonstrate the urgent need for a political solution to the crisis in Somalia and the importance of the negotiations launched on July 15 in Mogadishu as part of the National Reconciliation Conference.

 

 

CHAD/SUDAN/DARFUR

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Q – Is France working for the deployment of European forces in Chad concurrently with the deployment of hybrid forces in Darfur? What’s the status of this issue?

 

You will recall the decision taken during the Council for General Affairs and External Relations on July 23 in Brussels and the launch, at our behest, of an ESDP initiative ahead of the subsequent deployment of a UN force in eastern Chad and in the northeastern Central African Republic.

The aim of this operation will be to secure refugee camps and to allow the return of internal displaced persons as part of the regional settlement of the Darfur crisis. We are working closely with our partners on this.

 

We will see to the proper coordination of the European mission and the AU-UN hybrid operation just authorized by SCR 1769.


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