Minister welcomes UN Special Representative to Paris to discuss Libya
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 May 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. (…)./.