mercredi 16 juillet 2008

Bernard Kouchner and Hervé Morin at the EU Parliament

15th July 2008 15.00 - 16.30

Exchange of views with Mr. Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the French Republic and acting President-in-office of Council, and Mr. Jean-Pierre Jouyet, Minister of State to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, on Foreign Policy priorities of the French Presidency. (for second half of 2008: French Presidency).

Many MEPs attended this event and several of them put questions to Mr. Kouchner.

There was only one question related to Iraq, it concerned the death sentence of Mr. Tariq Aziz.

Mr. Marco Cappato, MEP Italy, (List of Emma Bonino) who is opposed to the death penalty put a question to Mr. Kouchner about the fate of Mr. Tareq Aziz who has recently been sentenced to death in Iraq. He asked if he would intervene in order to try and stop the execution of Iraq's former Foreign Affairs Minister.

Mr. Bernard Kouchner's reply was that one cannot make an exception because Mr. Tariq Aziz is a Christian.

15th July 2008 16.30 - 18.00

Exchange of views with Mr. Herve Morin, Minister of Defence of the French Republic, on European Security and Defence.

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