Libya has no pressing nuclear plans, says Chirac

25th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

TRIPOLI, Nov 25 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac said Thursday that oil-rich Libya may have ambitions to develop a nuclear energy programme but that it was not on the cards right now.

TRIPOLI, Nov 25 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac said Thursday that oil-rich Libya may have ambitions to develop a nuclear energy programme but that it was not on the cards right now.

"That could of course be an ambition of Libya but it is not on the agenda today," Chirac said as he wrapped up a landmark visit to Tripoli, the first by a French head of state since Libyan independence half a century ago.

"There are no moves of that kind," said Chirac, who met Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi three times during his visit of less than 24 hours.

Asked about the possibility of France transferring nuclear technology, Chirac said: "France, like other nuclear powers, is under IAEA constraints which lay down conditions for the transfer of the technology necessary for the development of a civilian nuclear programme."

Kadhafi has undergone a dramatic diplomatic reversal in the past year since agreeing to stop developing weapons of mass destruction, denouncing terrorism and acknowledging responsibility for the Lockerbie and French UTA plane bombings in the 1980s.

© AFP

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