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AU launches inter-departmental taskforce on Libya

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ADDIS ABABA – The African Union (AU) on Tuesday announced that it has launched the AU Inter-Departmental Task Force on Libya to support the implementation of the decisions of heads of states on the situation in the country.

The AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, launched the Task Force composed of different departments of the AU Commission to support the implementation of the decisions of heads of state and government, according to an AU statement on Tuesday.

The Task Force was launched on Sunday, Feb. 16, in line with the recommendations of the trilateral meeting held in Addis Ababa on Feb. 8 between the Chair of the AU High-level Committee on Libya, President Sassou Nguesso of Congo, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and the Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat.

It was launched at a meeting on Sunday, which comes on the heels of the AU Peace and Security Council Summit, the 33rd AU Assembly and the International Follow-up Committee on Libya (IFCL) meeting held in Munich on 16th Feb, according to the statement.

The Task Force will be in continuous interaction with the UN and monitor the developments in Libya, in particular, the talks around the ceasefire, the Libyan political Forum, prepare the participation of the AU in the different subcommittees as outlined by the Berlin Conference communique and work closely with the AU High-level Committee to prepare for the inter-Libyan reconciliation dialogue.

In addition, the Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) has been charged to begin preparations for the deployment of a multidimensional mission once a ceasefire agreement is reached between the Libyan parties.

The situation in Libya remains a priority for the AU, the statement said, adding that the AU Commission looks forward to working with its Member States to ensure a full engagement and to promote a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned durable solution to the crisis.

Xinhua

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