(translation of statement made in French)
I would like to thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for his comments.
I listened very closely to the comments of the Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire. We did not intend to speak at this meeting, but the comments made by Mr. Djédjé, as Council members can well understand, came as some surprise to the French delegation.
France, like all other members of the Security Council, is fully committed to supporting Côte d’Ivoire so that all of end phases of the crisis can unfold in the best possible conditions, in particular the holding of elections within the established time frame. France is contributing on the ground as well, through military and financial contributions to the collective international action, and it is determined to continue to do so. The French authorities are committed to ensuring a successful end to the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, which is, in point of fact, a country that is close to us and with which we have very close ties.
I do not understand what is behind the comments that have been made, but in any event, if they can be interpreted to mean that France is distancing itself from the objectives of the Security Council, I wish to state most emphatically that we do not agree with such an interpretation. France is resolved to pursue its activities, in the framework of the Security Council and on the basis of its resolutions, to assist Côte d’Ivoire to end the crisis and help it to meet its deadlines, in particular the electoral timetable. I solemnly reaffirm that commitment before the members of the Security Council.