MIL-OSI Europe: Official speeches and statements – October 1, 2021


Source: France-Diplomatie – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

1. International Labour Organization – Candidacy of Muriel Pénicaud for the post of Director-General of the International Labor Organization – Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpt) (Paris, 30/09/2021)

France presents the candidacy of Muriel Pénicaud for the post of Director-General of the International Labour Organization in the elections scheduled to take place on 25 March 2022, during the 344th session of the Governing Body of the International Laborr Organization.

France, which is a founding member of the International Labour Organization, would like, through this candidacy, to promote an ambitious vision of the organization’s role in developing a new social contract that is key to global regulation and in ensuring the effective implementation of standards for social justice, the fight against inequality between countries and within them, and decent work for all.

The International Labour Organization, established in 1919 by the Treaty of Versailles, is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its mission is to protect and promote human rights in the workplace (work, employment, social protection and social dialogue). To that end, it establishes international standards, develops policies and designs programmes. The International Labour Organization has a tripartite structure bringing together representatives of governments, workers and employers from 187 member states. (…)./.

2. Brexit – Fishing licences: a united French front against the British proposals – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Marine Affairs (Paris, 29/09/2021)

Following the recent publication of fishing licences authorizing French ships to fish in British waters and off the Channel Islands, Annick Girardin, Minister of Marine Affairs, today met French fisheries professionals.

For nine months, in coordination with the professionals and their representatives, the French Government has been passing on sensitive data proving the previous track records necessary for licences to be issued.

The British proposals are unacceptable, reflecting neither the spirit nor the letter of the agreement which was nevertheless signed by the 27 Member States and the British side. During the meeting, the Minister obtained assurances of the French fishing industry’s solidarity.

On every seaboard, a precise analysis of the British offer is necessary in order to calibrate the response and the measures to be taken. Following this essential discussion with those in the profession, the Minister of Marine Affairs and the Minister of State for European Affairs will soon propose, in coordination with those in the profession and our European partners, measures to address this unacceptable situation in accordance with the rules set out in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Following the meeting, Annick Girardin, Minister of Marine Affairs, said: “I want the licences back! We’re presenting a French front made up of professionals, the State and regions. The British wanted to divide us with this decision, which comes after too many months of discussions. We’ve provided all the necessary information, we’ve passed on all the data requested. This new blow dealt by the British demonstrates their unwillingness to honour their commitments. I now call for European solidarity in order to move towards a balance in our relations with our British neighbours.”

Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs, said: “The fact that the agreement and the rights guaranteed to our fishermen have not been respected now requires an urgent response. We shall put together the appropriate national and European measures in the next few days.”./.

3. United Nations – North Korea – Remarks to the press by Mr. Nicolas de Rivière, permanent representative of France to the United Nations (New York, 01/10/2021)

Good morning,

We are just about to discuss once again the DPRK in the Security Council at the request of France, the UK and the US. Of course we are very concerned with the situation there. The DPRK continues to proliferate and to violate UN Security Council resolutions, which is a very serious concern. Of course it’s a major threat to international peace and security. The DPRK claims to have successfully launched an hypersonic missile. If this is the case, it’s another escalation step. So, this is what we are about to discuss today and we will all, I presume, urge the DPRK to stop these provocations, to comply with Security Council resolutions and to get back to the negotiating table./.

4. United Nations – Libya – Explanation of vote by Mr. Nicolas de Rivière, permanent representative of France to the United Nations, to the Security Council (New York, 30/09/2021)

=Translation from French=

Madam President,

By voting in favour of this text, France reiterates its full support for UNSMIL. Its action is crucial in supporting the political transition process and preparing for the parliamentary and presidential elections to be held on 24 December. Its role is also key to progress in the implementation of the ceasefire agreement of 23 October 2020, including through its support of Libyan efforts to withdraw foreign forces and mercenaries, with the support of the international community.

It is imperative that our Council proceed with the restructuring of UNSMIL at the next renewal in January 2022, as requested by the Secretary-General. This restructuring is not an objective in itself. It must be an instrument for strengthening the effectiveness of UNSMIL’s action.

The unity of the Security Council in support of Libya is more important than ever. It is to consolidate the unity of the international community that France, together with Italy, Germany and the United Nations, will organize an international conference on Libya at the level of Heads of State and Government in Paris on November 12. This conference will aim to demonstrate our continued support for the political process, especially the organization of Libyan legislative and presidential elections, as well as for the full implementation of the ceasefire and, more broadly, for the stabilization of Libya, taking into account the regional implications of the Libyan crisis.

Thank you./.

5. United Nations – Yazidi Women Survivors Law : Ensuring Effective Reparations Program in Iraq – Statement by Ms. Diarra Dime-Labille, Legal Advisor of France to the United Nations – 76th Session of United Nations General Assembly (New York, 30/09/2021)

Dear Mrs Nadia Murad,

Minister Fuad Hussein,


Thanks to all the panellists,

And thank you for organizing this event, which is a very good reminder that we must not forget the atrocities endured seven years ago in Iraq by the Yezidi community and other minorities.

The enactment of the Yazidi Survivors Law is a key step towards the recovery of the victims, and I commend the efforts of the Iraqi authorities on this matter. I would also like to thank UNAMI for its advising role in this regard. Now is the time for implementation and effectiveness of the law, including the payment of financial compensations to the survivors. It is essential that survivors, in particular female survivors, get the support they need to have a fresh start in life.

France is highly committed to supporting Yazidi survivors as well as the other minorities in Iraq. In 2018, President Emmanuel Macron took a personal commitment towards the Nobel Peace prize Mrs Nadia Murad: several dozens of Yazidi families were flown to France to be resettled. In partnership with Nadia’s initiative, France has also decided to provide long-term support to the Yazidi community in Iraq, including the rehabilitation of a primary healthcare center and the construction of a hospital in Sinjar.

The French commitment to enable survivors to reintegrate society is also materialised through our 6.2 MEUR contribution to the International Fund for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, an initiative led by Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege.

Be assured that France, as a close partner to Iraq, stands ready to help on this very important issue and I thank you./.

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