Bernard Kouchner

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It was not a real surprise to learn that al-Qaida was behind this kidnapping. What is certain is that the French, their allies and Europe will continue to make every effort and use all the means at our disposal to free these hostages.feedback
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Sep 22 2010 Al-Qaeda
Bernard Kouchner has been quoted 33 times. The two most recent articles where Bernard Kouchner has been quoted are France urges EU solidarity for expelled Roma and Israeli action off Gaza sends diplomatic shockwaves. Most recently, Bernard Kouchner was quoted as having said, “Twenty-five years ago, Romania and Bulgaria and other countries were not in the EU, and the Berlin Wall had not fallen. With Europe now in existence, it is up to each country to integrate its people. It melts my heart to see them – not only the Roma but them in particular – treated badly, exploited, children drugged so as to appear ill in order to invite pity; there is a real oppression and even enslavement of these populations. It does not in the least amuse me. How to remedy this? Through my resignation? I thought about it!”.
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Apr 21 2009

We left. That does not mean we are leaving the conference. That means we will not tolerate a racist speech.feedback

Feb 06 2009 - Gaza strip

We are really very anxious about the situation, about the people in Gaza. And we were in agreement, together with Madam Secretary of State to make [sic] pressure on both sides to open the crossing. The Gaza people, they need so called humanitarian assistance.feedback

Dec 31 2008 - Muslim brotherhood

The ceasefire should be permanent and adhered to by all. This must not be allowed to flare up again. We are convinced that the answer to this problem can be solved by diplomacy, not by fighting. We are pushing hard for peace.feedback

Nov 10 2008

It is necessary to continue dialogue. Any other solution is not in Russia's interest.We're not ignoring Moscow's incursion into Georgia. We condemn it, but this solution serves the interests of the European Union. We might eventually be able to influence Russia.feedback

Nov 04 2008

There are projects for economic partnership and energy. There are plans for solar power, that I've already spoken about. There are projects for transport, agriculture, urban development, water and the environment. I would love to list all of the projects but there are so many of them. There are very detailed projects that are being worked on at the moment and that will be worked on by the Secretariat.feedback

Nov 01 2008 - Congo

I intend to find out why there's no peace in the area despite so many efforts by, firstly of course the Congolese, the international community, and Europe… and how no stabililty has been reached, how in camp after camp, hundreds of thousands of people are living in appalling conditions.feedback

Oct 05 2008

I have no doubt that my friend Tzipi Livni will become the prime minister who leads to peace and the creation of a Palestinian state.feedback

Aug 30 2008

France wants to maintain dialogue. The solution would have to be a political one, not a military one.feedback

Aug 28 2008

We have been trying to come up with a joint resolution not to accept (what is happening in Georgia) any more. The possibility of sanctions is under study – yes – and other means as well.feedback

Aug 27 2008 - United Nations

We cannot accept these violations of all international law, of agreements on security and cooperation in Europe, of United Nations resolutions, and the seizing, for the first time in a long time, of one territory by the army of a neighbouring country.feedback

Aug 27 2008

I just want to say, here's the map of South Ossetia, and here's a town called Akhalgori, and I've been told that tonight Russian troops are sweeping through it pushing Georgians out and over the border. It's ethnic cleansing, creating a homogeneous South Ossetia. That is unacceptable, we can't accept everything.feedback

Aug 19 2008

We don't want to threaten them, (but) we are serious. There is a red line: that is the withdrawal of the troops.feedback

Aug 11 2008 - Russia

Today visiting fields, coming back to see Mr. Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, this night Moscow, tomorrow discussions in Moscow, then coming back to Brussels. That's the state of our mission, and honestly we did our best.feedback

Aug 11 2008

It reminds me of a very bad example from the past, we are seeing an absolutely unparalleled situation since many, many decades in the world. This is the most surreal world crisis I could ever imagine.feedback

Aug 10 2008

The 27 countries of Europe are determined to firmly ask for the cessation of the conflict immediately and a withdrawal of forces to previously held international positions.feedback

Jul 15 2008 - Sudan

It is a decision of the international criminal court and President al-Bashir must respect it. We don't have a grudge against him. He must deal with the decisions which have been put to him.feedback

May 26 2008 - Lebanon

This is truly a new beginning. Maybe tomorrow, maybe Tuesday, we will have a government and that is really the aim. It is going in the right direction.feedback

Sep 21 2007

We want to talk and promote peace in the region. We don't have any intention other than to talk, talk, talk.feedback

Aug 20 2007

But, That page is behind us. I wouldn't say we don't remember it, I wouldn't say there wasn't antagonism, but now let's look to the future.feedback

Aug 01 2007

With no political solution, sending humanitarian aid won't be enough. We are talking about 26,000 soldiers in a region bigger than France. It won't be enough.feedback

Jul 24 2007 - Unilateralism

The Kosovars must understand that they are not alone in this. The Serbs are also involved. But Belgrade needs to understand that concessions must be granted. All wars finish with peace and peace must be negotiated, however hard that may seem. This is how the EU itself came about.feedback

Jul 12 2007

If we manage to pick up the dialogue, including the Russians – of course – then we can discuss the report. We can do everything. But if no one wants to talk – if one side says independence and the other side says no independence… One will have to decide, and it will surely be in the direction of the Ahtisaari plan.feedback

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