EU FMs call on Libyan parties to avoid “agreements and actions” fueling conflict, leading to foreign interference

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BRUSSELS – Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Italy and UK, meeting in Brussels to discuss the Libyan crisis, stressed the necessity to avoid unilateral actions such as the signing of agreements which further exacerbate the conflict or actions which create a pretext for external interference that are contrary to the interests of the Libyan people, as well as to European interests, as underlined by the European Council conclusions of 12th December 2019.

It is noteworthy that Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) had signed an agreement with the Turkish president Rajab Ardogan for marking sea borders and military and security cooperation that led to the Turkish Parliament’s resolution to send troops to Libya to fight with GNA militias against the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The EU is of the firm conviction that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis and that a protracted conflict will only bring more misery to ordinary people, exacerbate divisions, increase the risk of partition, spread instability across the region and aggravate the threat of terrorism. An immediate cessation of hostilities is therefore crucial, the ministers said in a statement.

All the members of the international community need to strictly respect and enforce the UN arms embargo. Continuing outside interference is fuelling the crisis, the statement added.

The Berlin process and UN mediation efforts put the needs of all Libyans to the forefront and suggest sustainable solutions to core issues such as unifying institutions, distributing the country’s wealth equitably, and outlining a realistic roadmap towards a political settlement, it pointed out.

The ministers urged all Libyan parties to sincerely embrace these UN-led efforts and to return to negotiations. The EU will continue to support the UN mediation and will help implementing any decisions that may be taken in Berlin.


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