December 25, 2017 – FRN –
The French authorities intend to close the representation of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said the head of the office Huber Fayyar.
He recalled that the Kiev leadership has put pressure on Paris since the opening of the office.
“I received a summons to the Aix-en-provence tribunal on January 11. The prosecutor asks the court to close our association – in his opinion, we do not comply with the Vienna Convention,” Fayyar stated.
Answering a question about why the association is required to comply with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the head of the mission noted that “this is a political issue.”
“Our association does not threaten anyone, we are not a terrorist organization, and we were very surprised by this initiative. For example, our last action was the exchange of postcards between children from France and children from Donbass, which is not a terrorist attack, is it?” – added Fayyar.
Now the association is looking for a lawyer who would help to defend its existence.
“Whatever happens, we will continue to work in one form or another … I will go to court, I will explain, we’ll see what happens next. So far, nothing has been lost,” the head of the mission assured.
Fayyar stressed that he will continue to represent the republic in France.
“You see, Catalonia is not a sovereign state at all, but it has representative offices in Paris. I am surprised by the French Foreign Ministry, which on this occasion has gone to the court, but for Catalonia, everything goes smoothly” he added.
Representation of the People’s Republic of Donetsk was inaugurated in Marseilles on September 25. The French Foreign Ministry stated that it was registered as an association, therefore it does not have diplomatic status and corresponding immunity.