France welcomes African Union initiative on Gabon

Situation in Gabon – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 9 September 2016

France continues to closely monitor developments in Gabon.

The provisional results of the presidential election were referred to the Constitutional Court. Challenges to these results must be examined transparently and impartially, and everything must be done to ensure that these principles are respected, and to establish the integrity of the vote.

The African Union has sent its Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, to Gabon. France fully supports his mission, just as it supports the very useful role played by the special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bthily.

France is paying close attention to the situation of several of its citizens, to whom it wishes to provide the consular protection enshrined in the Vienna Convention. It urges full cooperation with the Gabonese authorities./.

Gabon – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 5 September 2016

France continues to closely monitor developments in the Gabon situation. It calls for further efforts to calm things down and exercise of the remedies provided for under the constitution and the law.

Arrests have been made in the past few days. France is without news of several of its compatriots. In view of this, it expresses its deep concern and asks to be able to exercise the consular protection provided for under the Vienna Convention.

The African Union has said it is ready to assist the Gabonese parties in finding a way to swiftly resolve the post-election situation. France welcomes this initiative and fully supports it. It hopes that the heads-of-state mission, which is planning a visit to Libreville soon, will provide an opportunity to find a way to end the crisis. It encourages the Gabonese authorities to receive it as soon as possible./.

Gabon – Presidential election – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 1 September 2016

The French President says he is deeply worried and greatly concerned following events last night in Gabon. He utterly condemns the violence and looting, and the threats and attacks against the main candidates’ supporters.

The President calls on all parties to show restraint and calm, which presupposes a process guaranteeing transparency on the election results./.

Published on 15/09/2016

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