Paris, 26th june 2013 : French official statements
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Philippe Lalliot, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, 26th june 2013)
Libya – Election of Mr. Nuri Abu Sahmain as President of the General National Congress of Libya
France welcomes the election of Mr. Nuri Abu Sahmain as President of the General National Congress of Libya and wishes him every success in his mission.
France supports the Libyan authorities that emerged from the democratic elections in July 2012. It would like the General National Congress of Libya to continue to carry out the transition process with determination and through dialogue, with a view to adopting a constitution that will bring together all Libyans.
France was the first country to support the aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom and remains mobilized in order to support the democratic transition and the establishment of the rule of law. France would like to continue and strengthen its cooperation with the Libyan authorities, notably in order to strengthen the national security forces.
Statement issued by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Delphine Batho, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and Mr. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development
France welcomes the measures set out on June 25 by President Obama aimed at combating global warming. They signal the United States’ commitment to this major problem and should help provide positive momentum to the international negotiations.
For its part, France is fully mobilized to combat global warming, at the national level through the dialogue on the energy transition, as well as at the European and international levels. We are taking steps in order to be able to conclude, in 2015, through COP 21, a new ambitious agreement, applicable to all countries.
It is essential to combat global warming, notably for the most vulnerable countries. It also represents an opportunity. We can change our production methods, innovate and expand into new markets, markets oriented toward the environmental transition.
We consider the fight against climate change to be a top priority ; the minister of foreign affairs together with the minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy are fully committed to this fight.