The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ROME – Deputy Foreign Minister of Germany, Niels Annen, said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa on Tuesday that his country supports holding elections in Libya but says the situation remains very fragile now.
“We believe that the international community, especially the EU as the closest neighbor to Libya, has a responsibility to ensure that Libyan citizens choose their Constitution and their government “, says Annen who arrived in Rome with his delegation on Tuesday.
As for when the elections should happen, Annen said, “we must be very realistic, the situation remains very fragile, as demonstrated by the hard fighting in recent weeks”, in a reference to recent violent clashes in the capital Tripoli.
“However, the success of the mediation efforts of the UN Special Representative Salamé also shows that the international community can contribute to peace in Libya, if we speak with one voice.”, he added.
Annen also noted, “We support the position of Salamé: we are in favor of a vote in Libya, but we also believe that we need to reflect on when the right time is”.
On the international conference that the Italian government intends to organize mid-next month, and whether it will produce positive results, or whether it should be organized in Libya to engage more actors there, the German diplomat said, “where the talks take place is a secondary matter. In the past, meetings have been held on Libya and many hopes have been raised, but little has been achieved. Germany is ready to make an effort so that the European countries speak with one voice”.