The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - September 13, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Libya – Joint statement by the governments of Germany, Spain, the United States, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom (September 12, 2016)

◢  United Kingdom – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Mark Ian Price, Minister of State for Trade Policy (Paris - September 13, 2016)

◢  European Union – André Vallini's participation in a meeting of European ministers for development (Brussels - September 12, 2016)

◢  Climate / Paris agreement – Ratification by Panama and Brazil (September 12, 2016)

 
Libya – Joint statement by the governments of Germany, Spain, the United States, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom (September 12, 2016)

The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States condemn this weekend's attacks on Zueitina, Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, and Brega oil terminals in Libya. We call on all parties to undertake an immediate ceasefire and to refrain from any further hostilities. We also call on all forces to avoid any action that could damage Libya's energy infrastructure or further disrupt its exports. Libya's oil belongs to the Libyan people. The Presidency Council (PC) is the sole steward of these resources. The PC and other Government of National Accord (GNA) institutions have an obligation to ensure oil revenues are used to provide essential services for the Libyan people. Oil infrastructure, production, and export must remain under the exclusive control of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) acting under the GNA's authority. We call for all military forces that have moved into the oil crescent to withdraw immediately, without preconditions.

The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States reaffirm their full support for the GNA as Libya's sole executive authority. Libyan forces should unite in fighting Daesh and other UN-designated terrorist groups. Violence against fellow Libyans undermines Libya's stability and encourages division. Political agreements, not conflicts, must determine Libya's future. Creating a unified, capable national security force under GNA authority is Libya's best hope for protecting its resources for the benefit of all its people. We urge peaceful cooperation among Libya's armed forces and immediate efforts to unify into one professional military force. All Libyan forces have a responsibility to serve the entire nation, and to act on behalf of all Libyans. We welcome efforts by partners to encourage all forces to avoid further clashes.

We reiterate our intent to enforce UNSCR 2259, including measures concerning illicit oil exports, activities which could damage the integrity and unity of Libyan State financial institutions and the NOC, and individuals and entities engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the unity, peace, stability or security of Libya.



United Kingdom – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Mark Ian Price, Minister of State for Trade Policy (Paris - September 13, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will meet today with Mark Ian Price, Britain's Minister of State for Trade Policy.

Mr. Fekl and Mr. Price will take stock of the trade negotiations underway between the EU and its partners and will discuss the consequences of the British referendum.



European Union – André Vallini's participation in a meeting of European ministers for development (Brussels - September 12, 2016)

André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, took part in an informal meeting of European ministers for development in Brussels on September 12.

During the meeting, he notably reaffirmed France's determination to strengthen the EU's capacity to take action to promote the stabilization of fragile states and countries in crisis, by taking the links between development, security and migration into account.



Climate / Paris agreement – Ratification by Panama and Brazil (September 12, 2016)

France welcomes the completion by Brazil and Panama of their national process to ratify the Paris climate agreement, which demonstrates their commitment to the fight against climate change.

France urges all countries that are signatories to the agreement to ratify it as swiftly as possible, notably during the high-level event on the entry into force of the Paris agreement due to take place in New York on September 21.

This process will make it possible to reach, as swiftly as possible, the threshold of 55 countries representing 55% of emissions required for the Paris agreement to enter into force.


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