Jerusalem: its status is a question of international security [fr]
Jerusalem / MONUSCO - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 8 December 2017
(in English and in French)
As you know France has called this meeting with 7 other partners at the Security Council because, as President Macron said yesterday, the status of Jerusalem is a question of international security that is of concern for the international community as a whole.
As we all know, the status of Jerusalem is determined by international law and by a series of Security Council resolutions, notably resolution 478 and 1980. The decisions taken by the United States do not change the parameters regarding Jerusalem provided by international law and Security Council resolutions.
France will also recall our well-known position, based on the consensus of the international community for 70 years, that we consider East-Jerusalem as part of the occupied territories, and that we will not recognize any sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem until an agreement is found between the parties.
France will also reiterate our strong commitment to the two-State solution with Jerusalem as capital of both states. Without an agreement on Jerusalem, there won’t be any peace agreement. There is simply no plan B to the two-state solution. This is why we need to do our best to help forge a compromise on Jerusalem between the Israeli and the Palestinians.
Q: Considering East-Jerusalem to be part of an occupied territory, the Palestinian sovereignty over their territory across being disputed territories on the Resolution 342, isn’t France prejudging the issue since the East-Jerusalem [inaudible]?
Again, this is a very important discussion that we are about to have with our colleagues here at the Security Council. What we want to do is to find a way to boost the peace process, based on a consensus of the international community and also based on the various resolutions of the Security Council on this issue. This is our compass on this difficult issue.
Q: On MONUSCO, we know there has been a huge attack, at least twelve to fourteen peacekeepers dead. Any reaction on that?
Nous sommes profondément choqués par la terrible attaque qui a frappé la MONUSCO, avec un bilan qui est particulièrement lourd, et nous condamnons cette attaque dans les termes les plus fermes.
Dans ce contexte, nous souhaitons réitérer notre plein soutien à la MONUSCO, adresser notre profonde sympathie et toutes notre condoléances aux très nombreuses victimes de cette tragédie, exprimer nos pensées à l’égard de leurs proches et réaffirmer, plus que jamais, notre engagement en appui de la mise en œuvre de l’Accord du 31 décembre en RDC, et notre plein et entier soutien à la MONUSCO et à toutes celles et tous ceux qui, dans des conditions difficiles, travaillent en son sein au service de la paix en République démocratique du Congo. La France est donc plus que jamais engagée à leurs côtés, dans ces heures si douloureuses.