Posted by: APO | 14 November 2007



Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson



(Paris, November 14, 2007)

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

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be considered official.






Q – Do you plan to step up security advisories for French people in Chad

in the wake of today’s demonstrations in N’djamena and the aftermath of

the Zoë’s Ark affair?


We are following the situation closely and are in permanent contact with

the Chadian authorities responsible for maintaining law and order. Our

embassy has urged French nationals to show renewed prudence in moving

around N’djamena. It’s also recommended that they avoid going to

neighborhoods away from the center of the capital.


Q – Do you have any comment on Mr. Breteau’s letter published in Le Canard

Enchaîné in which he says he wants to collaborate discreetly with the

Ministry on his association’s projects to evacuate children.


When the Zoë’s Ark association came to the Foreign Ministry to present its

plan for adopting orphans in Darfur, we told its officials that we had

very serious reservations and we contacted the Paris prosecutor about it

on July 9.


When the association persisted in its intentions, its president was

summoned by Rama Yade’s chief of staff on July 31 who renewed the Ministry’s

warnings. At no time did the association inform us of what it was

preparing in Chad.






Q – Mr. Bockel is making a working visit to Angola Wednesday and Thursday.

What are the main questions he’ll be discussing with the Angolans? Is he

going to take advantage of the trip to prepare for President Sarkozy’s

expected visit to Angola in January, after meeting in New York with his

counterpart, Dos Santos, in September?


Cooperation and Francophony Secretary Jean-Marie Bockel will actually be

in Angola tomorrow and Friday. The purpose is to re-launch our bilateral

cooperation and discuss the situation the region.


The visit will afford an opportunity to prepare for the president’s

forthcoming visit to Angola.







Q – There seems to be no prospect of a solution shaping up with regard to

the situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,

which is continuing to deteriorate on the humanitarian level. Can we

expect a French initiative to unblock the situation in liaison with the

African Union, the European Union and/or the United Nations?


An agreement was signed in Nairobi on November 9 between the Democratic

Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda on disarming and demobilizing the

armed groups operating in the eastern part of the DRC. We remain very

concerned about the humanitarian situation in North Kivu, and we are

encouraging the Congolese and Rwandan governments to do everything

possible to carry out the commitments they made in Nairobi. France fully

supports the action of MONUC (United Nations Mission in the Democratic

Republic of the Congo) and the humanitarian actors in the field. It is

determined to pursue its commitment to assist the efforts of the Congolese

and Rwandan governments.



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