Paris Peace Forum - Reply by Mrs Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, to a question in the National Assembly
Paris, 26 September 2018
This week the United Nations General Assembly opens, and it’s an opportunity to focus on the state of peace in the world. What do we observe? Progress between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the end of a bloody conflict; in the Balkans, courageous dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo; and in Asia, a thaw between the two Koreas after what, only a short time ago, led to fears of a military flare-up.
But the state of peace in the world isn’t only this relatively positive outlook, as you yourself mentioned. The Syria tragedy has been going on since 2011, the Middle East peace process has come to a standstill, and in Yemen the population is facing a large-scale political, military and humanitarian crisis.
Faced with this world situation, what should we do? Resign ourselves to it? Watch the current world as spectators? Certainly not.
In Syria, in Libya, in Ukraine, France is making proposals and France is taking action.
Accepting a survival-of-the-fittest approach, as some would like to make us do? Again, certainly not.
What we believe in is the might of the law, an ambitious, renewed multilateralism which our world has never needed so much.
It’s 2018; let’s remember what our continent has been in the past and let’s see what it is today. A century ago the First World War ended. For 70 years Europe has experienced peace, the longest period of peace in its history.
In November this year, France is going to host the Paris Peace Forum, which will bring together thousands of civil society representatives, alongside heads of state and representatives of international organizations; 120 projects for peace around the world will be set out. More than ever, France is playing an active role in championing peace in the world./.