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G8 Conference on Cyber-Crime (1)

G8 Conference on Cyber-Crime (1)

Source: Daily Press Briefing. Statements made by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 26, 2000). [Please note that only the original French text issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be considered official.]

France is hosting the first G8 conference on dialogue between the public authorities and private sector on security and confidence in cyberspace from May 15 to 17, 2000 at the International Conference Center on the Avenue Kléber.

The G8 was one of the first multilateral forums to put the spotlight on cyber-crime.

At the Lyons G8 summit in June 1996, the G7 heads of state and government adopted 40 recommendations against organized transnational crime and instructed their experts to study the modalities of implementing them. Their work resulted in ten principles and a plan of action against high technology crime which were adopted at a special meeting of interior and justice ministers in Washington on December 9-10, 1997.

At the Birmingham G8 summit in May 1998 the heads of state and government instructed their experts to pursue their efforts and asked for close cooperation with the industrial sector to improve the fight against high technology crime while ensuring the appropriate protection of privacy.

The organization of the present conference was agreed on at another meeting of G8 interior and justice ministers, in Moscow last October. The results will be of value in the discussions of the G8 heads of state and government who meet in Okinawa in July.

The conference breaks new ground for several reasons:

  • the level of participants: The conference will be co-chaired by France and Japan. It will be opened for France by Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chevènement. Pierre Charasse, ambassador at large in the fight against organized crime and corruption, will be co-chair for France;
  • the diversity of participants: The conference will bring to the same table representatives of the public authorities and private sector. Diplomats, judges, police officers and representatives of institutions involved in privacy protection, will be able to talk freely with representatives of 150 companies from among the biggest in the sector of information and communications technologies;
  • the purpose of the conference: The dialogue is to focus on two main areas: the challenges that information and communications technologies pose for security and the confidence of users and service providers, and the solutions that can be envisioned.

So I invite you to come tomorrow at noon to speak with ministry experts about the issues at this conference which will be held in Paris two weeks from now.

France / United Nations

Yesterday you asked about the visit to Paris by the head of the United Nations cartographic service, Miklos Pinter. He was here at the Ministry yesterday to consult cartographic documents, sketches, topographical records etc. that were used in the demarcation of the border between the Lebanon and Palestine mandates, also referred to as the Paulet-Newcomb border.

You asked whether the documents we have here could be consulted, they may be. They are cartographic documents dating from 1920 to 1923. They may be seen by the public in the Diplomatic Archives room in accordance with the archives law of January 3, 1979.

To facilitate the steps, I advise you to go through the DCI. Let us know ahead of time and we can arrange for contacts with the Archives service.

France / Palestinian Authority

I'd like to say a few words about the visit to France today by the president of the Palestinian Authority, Yasir Arafat. I can confirm that he will meet with President Chirac at 6:30 p.m. and with the prime minister at 5:30 p.m.

This morning, he is participating in a conference at UNESCO on the situation of Palestinian refugees. We are of course represented at this conference. You can guess the subject that will be addressed in the meetings with President Arafat--the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the proposed framework agreement to prepare for the agreement on the final status of the Palestinian territories, and the implementation of the latest measures in the interim agreements, specifically the question of the third redeployment.


(What's the situation?)

One has to be very prudent. A lot of information is coming in from all over and can't necessarily be verified.

Certainly we've been closely following the development of the hostage-taking since it happened. Foreign Minister Hubert Védrine has sent a message to his Malaysian and Philippine counterparts. Our two embassies have talked to the Philippine and Malaysian authorities, as you know, to inform them that we wish to see our two compatriots released safe and sound. We have cautioned these authorities against any temptation or any attempt to release the hostages by force that would compromise their safety.

(Do you know where they are now?)

There are assumptions. Reports are circulating, we're not 100% sure so I can't confirm them.

(Are you saying like yesterday that there's no confirmation of any group claiming responsibility?)

It still isn't confirmed.

United States

I understand James Rubin is giving his last press briefing at the State Department today. It is certainly a sad day for journalists who will miss his talent and wit. For my own part, as a colleague and friend, I'll always have excellent memories of our cooperation and I wish him every success in future in his new professional endeavors and above all happiness in his personal and family life.

I would like to take this opportunity to offer a welcome to the "spokespersons' club" to his successor, Mr. Boucher, and also to say farewell to James Foley, Deputy Spokesman at the State Department, who recently stepped down and has been promoted to another post. We've had the best of relations with him also./.


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