Germany and France are to work closely together to secure arms stockpiles in Libya. At the International Conference for Libya in Rome today Foreign Minister Steinmeier and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius announced the launch of a joint Franco German project.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today at the start of the Libya Conference in Rome:
The Libyan people have shown immense courage in their fight for freedom. But Libya is still a very fragile state which is confronted by tremendous challenges.
One of the most difficult tasks the country faces is dealing with the lethal legacy of the Gaddafi regime – the arms and munitions stockpiles it left behind. This material, most of which is not under state control, presents a risk for the stability of the entire region. Germany and France have thus decided to tackle this problem by means of a joint project.
Germany will make available a total of several million euros in the course of the year for projects designed to securely store arms and munitions in Libya.
Libya can only achieve long term stability and security if it establishes stable and widely accepted state structures. We call on all political forces to play a constructive role in the constitution writing process and to enable free and fair parliamentary elections to be held this year.