20ste Ambassadeursconferentie (Parijs, 28 en 29 augustus 2012) [fr]

Toespraak van de President van Frankrijk, (Palais de l’Elysée)

"(...) The second challenge is the Syria crisis.

The principle is simple: Bashar al-Assad must go. There’s no political solution with him. He’s a threat, he’s continuing with unbelievable violence to massacre the people, destroy cities and kill women and children – we’ve had evidence of this again in the past few days. It’s intolerable for the human conscience, unacceptable for the region’s security and stability. The matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court in order for those responsible for these atrocities to one day stand trial.

I want to be clear: France shoulders all her responsibilities and spares no effort for the Syrian people to get their freedom and security.

To achieve this, we have to overcome obstacles at the Security Council; the Foreign Minister is working on this. We’ll return to this at some point because the Syria crisis is dangerous for everyone, beginning with Syria’s neighbours. We’ll go on as much as necessary doing a job of exerting pressure and persuading at the Security Council in order for the international community to reach a consensus. But in the immediate future, we must act.

Firstly, stepping up efforts so that the political transition takes place as soon as possible. With this in mind, France is asking the Syrian opposition to form a provisional, inclusive and representative government, able to become the legitimate representative of the new Syria. We’re urging our Arab partners to speed up this initiative and France will recognize the new Syria’s provisional government as soon as it has been formed.

Secondly, and without delay, we’re strongly supporting those working on the ground for a free, democratic Syria who guarantees the security of all her communities. We’re helping in particular those organizing the liberated areas in Syria. We’re working on Turkey’s initiative of proposed buffer zones. We’re doing so in consultation with our closest partners. Finally – and I say this with all due solemnity – we and our allies remain very vigilant in preventing the regime from using chemical weapons, which for the international community would provide a legitimate reason for direct intervention.

I know how difficult the task is, I’m aware of the risks, but what is at stake goes beyond Syria; it concerns the whole security of the Middle East, and in particular the independence and stability of Lebanon. (…)./."

XXème Conférence des Ambassadeurs - JPEG

De 20ste Ambassadeursconferentie heeft plaatsgevonden op 28 en 29 augustus 2012. De conferentie werd op 27 augustus geopend door de President van Frankrijk in het Elyséepaleis.

Photo de groupe conférence des Ambassadeurs - JPEG

De Franse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, Laurent Fabius, heeft op 28 augustus om 9:30 uur het startsein gegeven en heeft op 29 augustus om 17:15 uur de conferentie afgesloten met een toespraak.

De economische diplomatie was het belangrijkste thema van de conferentie dit jaar, en in dat kader ook de relaties met het bedrijfsleven. Tevens is er veel aandacht besteed aan activiteiten van het diplomatieke netwerk die gericht zijn op de bevordering van de Franse cultuur, het Franse onderwijs, de Franse wetenschap en de Franse taal in de wereld.

De ambassadeursconferentie is een belangrijk evenement voor de Franse diplomatie. De conferentie wordt sinds 1993 elk jaar gehouden in aanwezigheid van de minister van Buitenlandse Zaken en de Franse ambassadeurs en verantwoordelijken van het departement van Buitenlandse en Europese Zaken in Parijs.

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gepubliceerd op 13/01/2015

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