Posted by: APO | 31 October 2007

French Daily Press Briefing

Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

(excerpts)

 

(Paris, October 31, 2007)

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

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be considered official.

 

 

TOGO

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The definitive results of the legislative elections in Togo were announced

by the Constitutional Court yesterday.

 

In the view of France, and the international observer missions, these

elections took place in satisfactory conditions. They are a decisive

stage towards strengthening the democratic process and the normalization

of the country’s relations with the international community on the

political and economic levels.

 

We welcome the sense of citizenship and responsibility shown by the

Togolese people throughout this process. Togo can count on France’s

support in its advance to democracy.

 

(…)

 

SITUATION OF THE CTUWS IN EGYPT

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With just a few days before the annual presentation of the human rights

prize of the French Republic in Paris on November 16, the French

authorities have been informed about the situation of an Egyptian NGO,

CTUWS—Center for Trade Union and Workers Services—which was awarded the

human rights prize of the French Republic in 1999.

 

The organization’s headquarters have been closed and the periodical it

publishes (Kalam Sina’iya) has been accused of slander, a charge that led

to the sentencing on October 11 of its director, Kamal Abbas, to one year

in prison by a court of first instance..

 

We are closely following the situation of Mr. Kamal Abbas and the center

whose high level of work is known to us.


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