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EU: Berlin process is the only option to end Libya crisis

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BRUSSELS – The European Union affirmed in a statement on Saturday that it is united behind the Berlin process as the only option to put an end to the Libyan crisis and the suffering of Libya’s civilian population, and to avoid further destabilization in Libya and in the region.

EU underlined the importance of engaging fully in all tracks of the UN-led Berlin process to reach a permanent and sustainable ceasefire agreement, the restoration of the monopoly of the State on the legitimate use of force all over the country, the reunification of financial institutions, the full lifting of the oil blockade across Libya, and the resumption of the political dialogue.

“There can only be a political solution to the current crisis, which would take the country towards parliamentary and presidential elections”, the statement said.

EU reiterated its call to all Libyan leaders to engage in good faith in the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and expressed its expectation that all representatives invited to the next meeting would attend.

It stressed that a permanent ceasefire agreement will only be possible through talks and welcomed the announcement of an in-person session of the Joint Military Commission, under the guidance of the UN Mission to Libya (UNSMIL), expecting both sides to conclude their work on a ceasefire agreement as soon as possible.

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