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France condemns North Korea’s attempted missile launch, Syria attacks

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•Expresses concern at security situation in Libya

… Jude Johnson 

France has condemned  attempts by the North Korean regime to develop what it describes as an illegal and destabilizing ballistic and nuclear arsenal.

 The Spokesman for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Romain Nadal, in a statement on Tuesday,  expressed France’s “deep concern at these new provocations”. 

Nadal also reaffirmed France’s  solidarity with its partners in the region. 

In the same vein, France has condemned in strong terms,  the attack that killed dozens of civilians, including a large number of children, on April 15 in Rashidin (west of Aleppo) in Syria. 

“Attacks against civilians are unacceptable, regardless of the perpetrators. Those responsible for these heinous crimes must be brought to justice.

“France calls for the protection of the evacuees and for strict compliance with international humanitarian law and the cessation of hostilities. It reaffirms its commitment to a political solution in accordance with the terms of UNSCR 2254 and reaffirms its support for UN mediation,” the statement read. 

 Nadal also expressed concern at the escalating violence in southern Libya, especially around Sabha. 

He said the perpetrators, who are jeopardizing the political process and national reconciliation, must be held accountable. Armed inter-Libyan clashes only benefit the terrorists.

The Foreign ministries spokesman called  on all parties to put an end to the fighting and to choose the path of dialogue.

“France reaffirms its support for Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and for the efforts to reach a compromise between the Libyan parties through inclusive political dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations,” he stated..

 Turkish referendum

 France has also taken note of the announcement of the results of the referendum held on April 16 in Turkey on the amendments to the Constitution adopted by the Grand National Assembly on January 21

Nadal stressed that “the results were very close, highlighting the need for dialogue with the opposition forces.

 “It will closely examine the assessment report compiled by the OSCE and the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe which took part in the observation of the referendum voting.”

 According to him, these constitutional amendments will introduce significant changes to Turkey’s system of government.

 He said that France, together with the EU, encourages Turkey to consider the next steps in a spirit of inclusiveness, in accordance with the values and commitments subscribed to within the Council of Europe, including respect for pluralism, the separation of powers and the rule of law. 

“It also calls on the Turkish government to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights, of which Turkey is a signatory, and which notably prohibits the use of the death penalty,” he added.

Meeting with IMO Secretary-General

 The French Minister  of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault,  on Tuesday met with the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim.

The meeting is in preparatory conference in Paris jointly organized by the French authorities and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities.

 Ayrault and Lim discussed  the IMO’s work, notably aimed at reducing greenhouse gases in the maritime transport sector. 

The minister also.underscored France’s attachment to ensuring that the debates lead to ambitious measures based on the principles of the Paris Agreement.

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