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France calls on the European Union to fulfill the commitments of Palermo

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BRUSSELS –  French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, called on the European Union to fulfill the commitments of the conference on Libya which was held a week ago in Palermo.

Speaking to the press on the margins EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Le Drian said that the Palermo conference was positive for a number of reasons.

“Because we have seen the unity of the international community as proposed by the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé,” the minister elaborated, “and because the Libyan parties have shown their will to unite their forces and finally because an agenda has been adopted leading to an inclusive conference at the beginning of the new year and an electoral process before the end of spring.”

“So there is a will to fulfill these promises that must be made here,” he concluded.

The final statement of Palermo Conference has stressed the importance of completing the constitutional entitlement and holding the elections by spring 2019. The statement also recalled the importance of respecting the electoral results, insisting that any party who seeks to obstruct the electoral process must be held accountable.

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