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France backs Yemen peace talks, urge parties on protection of civilians

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  • Condemns murder of Tunisian police officer

…Paschal Okeke 

The French government has expressed full support for the peace initiative aimed to bring the war in Yemen to a resolute and amicable end.

This will be the main point of discussion when the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, hosts Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy, for a meeting on March 14.

The Spokesperson for French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International, Mr. Romain Nadal, said they will review UN mediation efforts, for which we reiterate our full support, and the means of achieving a political solution in Yemen.

“We call on all the parties to make the necessary concessions to resume without preconditions the negotiations based on the road map proposed by the special envoy,” he stated.

Nadal said that the air raid on a market near Hodeidah on March 10 killed several civilians.

“We deplore it and offer our condolences to the victims’ families. It is imperative to bring an end to attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, and for all parties to abide by international humanitarian law,” he added.

 

Tunisia murder of a police officer, Madagascar cyclone 

In another development, France has condemned the attack carried out by a terrorist group on a police patrol on March 12 in Kebili, which killed one police officer and wounded several others.

Nadal offered French government’s condolences to the victim’s family and to the Tunisian government.

 

“We wish those injured a speedy recovery,” he said

France also assured the Tunisian authorities of its support in the fight against terrorism.

 

In a related development, France extends its condolences to the families of the numerous victims of Cyclone Enawo, which hit Madagascar last week.

“Tens of thousands of people have been affected or displaced. The cyclone caused significant material damage, notably in the northern part of the island, and the food security implications are extremely worrying,” Nadal stated.

He also expressed, France’s solidarity with the affected populations and the Madagascan authorities, and stands ready to provide material assistance.

 

 

 


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