Official speeches and statements - June 1, 2016
1. Libya - Statements by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, during his joint press briefing with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya - excerpts (Paris, 31/05/2016)
Ladies and gentlemen,
I welcomed Martin Kobler, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, for a meeting. I’m pleased I saw him again; it’s always a pleasure meeting him and talking to a man who is particularly capable and committed to doing everything to ensure that a peaceful, secure future is restored to Libya.
We took stock of the situation. We must face facts: there’s still a long way to go in achieving that aim. At the same time, the immense progress made since the Skhirat agreement in December 2015 must be noted. We’ve taken some extremely important steps forward. France of course renews its support for Mr Sarraj’s government and would like it to continue establishing its authority over the whole of Libya and, at the same time, be the one which brings together and represents all Libyans.
Initiatives have already been taken, the first being the establishment of the government in Tripoli. The ministers have taken charge of their ministries and the central bank is now under their control; the oil company’s assets too. Nevertheless, there are still many things to be done to bring Libyans together, in particular the gradual establishment of a national Libyan army, which demands a great deal of work—we’ve got some distance to cover—, and to bring together Libya’s military forces both to ensure the Libyans’ safety and also fight Daesh [so-called ISIL], which is a priority for the Libyans as well as us. (...)
Ségolène Royal, President of COP21, visited Moscow on Monday 30 May, in the framework of her visits to speed up the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
During the visit, Ségolène Royal had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin and the President’s special representative for the climate, Mr Alexander Bedritsky. The COP21 President thanked her interlocutors for Russia’s constructive involvement in the adoption of the Paris Agreement on the climate. She asked them about their wishes in terms of ratification.
The Deputy Prime Minister said Russia will revise its climate actions upwards because it has achieved its reduction target for 2030. The Deputy Prime Minister recalled the desire of the President and the Prime Minister to ratify the agreement, and he said the preparatory document for ratification will be ready by October. Ségolène Royal welcomed this good news and provided information about the Action Agenda coalitions.
On the Action Agenda, Russia has become involved in several coalitions. Ségolène Royal encouraged her interlocutors to join the Carbon Pricing Coalition and the Construction Coalition, and she invited them to the Business Dialogue in Paris on 10 June, which they accepted. She also recalled the importance of the negotiations under way at the ICAO on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation industry, and at the UN on protecting high seas biodiversity.
The COP21 President spoke to Mr Vladislav Soloviev—CEO of RUSAL, a company which attended the previous Business Dialogues—to take stock of the follow-up. He announced his company’s carbon pricing strategy, which he will set out at the Business Dialogue in Paris, and a coalition of Russian businesses moving in the same direction.