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France in nuclear deal with Libya after medics' release

Published: Thursday 26 July 2007

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has concluded an agreement to share civil nuclear technology with Libya following the release of the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor earlier this week.

The agreement, involving the construction of a nuclear-powered plant to purify sea water for drinking purposes, was signed in Tripoli on Wednesday (25 July), one day after the medics were released in a joint diplomatic effort between Paris and the European Commission.

Sarkozy indicated that the agreement still needed to be finalised “in the coming months or years” so that French group Areva could start construction of the facility.

The move marks the beginning of the “normalisation” of relations between Europe and Libya announced by Commission President José Manuel Barroso after the release of the medics on Tuesday (24 July) and formally put down in a detailed memorandum signed by Libya and the EU.

The French president added that a second project involved exploration for uranium reserves, in co-operation with Libya. “We found some in Niger. The geological context is the same. Areva needs uranium,” Sarkozy was quoted as saying by Le Monde newspaper.

Libya is also home to the largest oil reserves in Africa, ahead of Nigeria, and has large amounts of natural gas, but exports have so far been thwarted due to the country’s international pariah status. It now hopes to double its oil production by 2012, with European countries among its main clients.

Other agreements signed during Sarkozy’s visit included military, science and education as well as cultural agreements. The French president also took the opportunity to defend his idea of a Mediterranean Union, which, he said, raised “great interest” from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Other countries, including the UK and the US, are also lining up to visit Libya in the near future.

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Rice Wishes To Visit Libya In One More Sign Of Improving U.S.-Libyan Relations

July 25, 2007 4:40 p.m. EST

Jessica Pupovac - AHN

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said Wednesday that she would like to visit Libya soon, a move that would cement U.S.-Libyan relations, which have been on the upswing since 2003.

From the early 1980s until the early 2000s, Libya was a pariah by Washington standards. It was designated a state sponsor of terrorism, made the target of U.S. air strikes in 1986, and subjected to sanctions for nearly twenty years.

President Moammar Qaddafi renounced terrorism and promised to abandoned Libya's weapons of mass destruction programs in 2003, marking the re-opening diplomatic and economic relations. Since then, foreign investment has increased considerably Libya's oil sector.

Now, the day after six foreign medical workers were released by Libyan authorities, Rice stated on U.S. funded Radio Sawa that Libya has taken great strides to reintegrate itself into the international community.

"I sincerely hope that I will be able to visit there soon," Rice said. "I know that American companies are very interested in working in Libya."

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So which is it, bribery or oil that pays?

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easy...each faction wants Libia resources on it side, soo the move to be friends whit them.

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It's actually rather embarassing to watch the leaders of Western countries, with "Human Rights" always on the tips of their tongues, clamouring to buddy up with people like Qaddafi. Resources that are in high demand trumps all else, apparently.

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It's actually rather embarassing to watch the leaders of Western countries, with "Human Rights" always on the tips of their tongues, clamouring to buddy up with people like Qaddafi. Resources that are in high demand trumps all else, apparently.

but what do u expect pepole are greedy and your right it does trump all else

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It's actually rather embarassing to watch the leaders of Western countries, with "Human Rights" always on the tips of their tongues, clamouring to buddy up with people like Qaddafi. Resources that are in high demand trumps all else, apparently.

I fear you are right MansLaughter.

At first, I was all geared up to attack the French for their incredibly short-sighted, opportunistic, irresponsible action of giving a nuclear-enrichment plant to the Libyans.

Sure, it will provide electricy for desalination. It will also be a potential source of enriched Uranium for a nuclear bomb program.

But then... I guess if the French hadn't done it, the Russians would, closely followed by my own dear United KIngdom.

Wasn't it the French who helped Saddam build the Iraqi nuclear reactor ? whatever happened to that ?

Oh well, it's all good training practice for the Israeli Air Force.

Kerboom.

Meow Purr.

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It's actually rather embarassing to watch the leaders of Western countries, with "Human Rights" always on the tips of their tongues, clamouring to buddy up with people like Qaddafi. Resources that are in high demand trumps all else, apparently.

To be honest, Gaddafi has been much friendlier lately. Seems he grew out of the imperialism hating revolutionary stage. He's been involved with Chavez, but at least he's on the side of paranoid socialists instead of radical islamists.

I fear you are right MansLaughter.

At first, I was all geared up to attack the French for their incredibly short-sighted, opportunistic, irresponsible action of giving a nuclear-enrichment plant to the Libyans.

Sure, it will provide electricy for desalination. It will also be a potential source of enriched Uranium for a nuclear bomb program.

But then... I guess if the French hadn't done it, the Russians would, closely followed by my own dear United KIngdom.

Wasn't it the French who helped Saddam build the Iraqi nuclear reactor ? whatever happened to that ?

Oh well, it's all good training practice for the Israeli Air Force.

Kerboom.

Meow Purr.

Woah, the French are evil for giving out nuclear power when the US have been giving weapons out to almost EVERYONE for the past 50 years. Considering the energy crisis we are facing, any country that can dispose of nuclear waste should be pursuing the technology for nuclear reactors.

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To be honest, Gaddafi has been much friendlier lately. Seems he grew out of the imperialism hating revolutionary stage. He's been involved with Chavez, but at least he's on the side of paranoid socialists instead of radical islamists.

Woah, the French are evil for giving out nuclear power when the US have been giving weapons out to almost EVERYONE for the past 50 years. Considering the energy crisis we are facing, any country that can dispose of nuclear waste should be pursuing the technology for nuclear reactors.

Woaw - that's SLIGHTLY invidious Cradle'.... can you name me ONE country that the US has given Nuclear technology to ?

(please don't say Israel - they stole it, they where not given it)

What makes you think that Libya can dispose of Nuclear waste ? (other than - eventually - disposing it in a mushroom cloud over Tel Aviv ? )

Mind you - you are right - Libya has been VERY quiet recently. But then I put this down to a deliberate attempt to spoil my Rants on UM ! (no doubt RELAS are behind this). I guess Ghaddafi is getting mellow in his old age. (or just using Kitman to promote the Caliphate. )

Meow Purr.

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Woaw - that's SLIGHTLY invidious Cradle'.... can you name me ONE country that the US has given Nuclear technology to ?

Westinghouse proudly announces having sold nuclear reactors to China, Pakistan, Japan, Turkey, Jordan .... and those are only the ones I can think of without going to my file cabinet.

what do you mean with gave? not for free, but it was sold all over the world.

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Woaw - that's SLIGHTLY invidious Cradle'.... can you name me ONE country that the US has given Nuclear technology to ?

(please don't say Israel - they stole it, they where not given it)

What makes you think that Libya can dispose of Nuclear waste ? (other than - eventually - disposing it in a mushroom cloud over Tel Aviv ? )

Mind you - you are right - Libya has been VERY quiet recently. But then I put this down to a deliberate attempt to spoil my Rants on UM ! (no doubt RELAS are behind this). I guess Ghaddafi is getting mellow in his old age. (or just using Kitman to promote the Caliphate. )

Meow Purr.

I meant its hypocritical to get paranoid about france selling technology for nuclear reactors when the US has been doing far worse. Alot of the percieved threats to the United States were armed by the CIA in the past decades. Any country which wants nuclear weapons can get them within ten or so years without outside influence. It is my understanding that Libya abandoned their WMD programs and opened their doors to inspectors a few years ago. Seeing how the evidence points to Libya not seeking nuclear weapons, so what is wrong with selling them nuclear reactor technolgy?

To dispose of the waste you need a desert with little ground water, like the Nevada desert. I'm not familiar with the geology of Libya but I'd guess they'd have regions like that.

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To dispose of the waste you need a desert with little ground water, like the Nevada desert. I'm not familiar with the geology of Libya but I'd guess they'd have regions like that.

Off the top of my head I believe Libya is 90% desert.

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Off the top of my head I believe Libya is 90% desert.

So I assumed.

If they do go for nuclear power, it would be wise to become their friend so they dont have any reason to go for nuclear weapons.

And before you say, "We cant be friends with them they used to support terrorism", most of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, an ally of the US. And alot of the things the CIA have been involved in could be called terrorism too.

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Off the top of my head I believe Libya is 90% desert.

slightly more, but with a lot of deep ground water that surfaces in several oasis. Not a good place for spent nuclear fuel.

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Westinghouse proudly announces having sold nuclear reactors to China, Pakistan, Japan, Turkey, Jordan .... and those are only the ones I can think of without going to my file cabinet.

what do you mean with gave? not for free, but it was sold all over the world.

Jordon and Turkey have nuclear power stations ? :o

Well, Jordon certainly doesn't, though it's thinking about it. Turkey was supposed to have commissioned one in 2006 (one of the three bidders was a consortium of Westinghouse and Mistusbishi), but I can't see any refference to it on Google, so I'm assuming that project fell through ?

I was under the impression that China bought it's reactors from Canada, France and (more recently) Russia, as well as building it's own from scratch ?

Oh well.

Meow Purr.

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Jordon and Turkey have nuclear power stations ? :o

Well, Jordon certainly doesn't, though it's thinking about it. Turkey was supposed to have commissioned one in 2006 (one of the three bidders was a consortium of Westinghouse and Mistusbishi), but I can't see any refference to it on Google, so I'm assuming that project fell through ?

I was under the impression that China bought it's reactors from Canada, France and (more recently) Russia, as well as building it's own from scratch ?

Oh well.

Meow Purr.

Turkey:

http://www.power-technology.com/projects/akkuyu/

And you are right, the Canadian subsidiary of Westinghouse is in the Jordan project, completion planned by 2015. My bad

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Woaw - that's SLIGHTLY invidious Cradle'.... can you name me ONE country that the US has given Nuclear technology to ?

North Korea:)

good one clinton

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North Korea:)

good one clinton

Such cynicism in one so young :P

Meow Purr.

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