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Berlin Conference: Support for political agreement, Algeria ready to host Libyan dialogue

Published on : Monday, 20 January 2020 09:49   Read : 3 time(s)
Berlin Conference: Support for political agreement, Algeria ready to host Libyan dialogue

ALGIERS- The international conference on Libya, held Sunday in Berlin under the aegis of the United Nations, reiterated the fundamental principles for the preservation of peace and security in that country, including support for "the Libyan political agreement as a viable framework for the political solution in Libya."

On the same occasion, President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune expressed Algeria's readiness to "host dialogue between the Libyan brothers."

In this regard, Tebboune said that "Algeria is ready to host dialogue between the Libyan brothers," recalling the efforts that Algeria has made unceasingly to "encourage the Libyan parties to adhere to the process of dialogue, sponsored by the United Nations and accompanied by the African Union (AU), with a view to forming a government based on national understanding able to manage the transition and the rebuilding of the Libyan state institutions."

The conference was attended by Algeria, represented by President Tebboune, the five permanent member states of the UN Security Council (United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom and France), as well as Turkey, Italy, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Congo, which chairs the African Union High Level Committee on the Libyan crisis.

On the sidelines of the conference, President Tebboune held talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyib Erdogan, and President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

Addressing the participants, President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, also reiterated his appeal to "the international community to assume its responsibility for the respect of peace and security" in Libya, noting that "Algeria refuses any attack on its national integrity and the sovereignty of its institutions."

"We are called upon to adopt a road map with clear outlines aimed at establishing peace in the whole region," Tebboune said.

The President of the Republic alos called the Libyan parties to address the crisis through dialogue and peaceful means.

"The region needs stability based on common security," added President Tebboune noting "Algeria's commitment to keeping the region away from any foreign interference."

"Libya's security is an extension of our own security. Thus, cooperation and mutual assistance, with our neighbours, are needed to face terrorism and extremism," added President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune. 

- The Libyan Political Agreement, a viable framework for the solution

At the conference, leaders of the participating countries reiterated their support for "the Libyan political agreement as a viable framework for the political solution in Libya." 

"The conference participants also called for the establishment of a functioning Presidential Council and the formation of a single, unified, inclusive and effective Libyan government approved by the House of Representatives."

UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres, for his part, recalled that there can be no military solution in Libya, insisting that "immediate and decisive steps must be taken to prevent an all-out civil war".

Libya has been drawn into an ever deeper and more destructive conflict with a growing number of external actors," said the UN Secretary General in Berlin, calling on "all those directly or indirectly involved in the conflict to deploy efforts with a view to supporting an effective cessation of hostilities" and to "stopping the continuing and flagrant violations of the arms embargo."

Furthermore, the participants, in their final declaration, "urged the Libyan parties to resume the Libyan-led inclusive political process under the auspices of UNMIL (United Nations Mission of Support in Libya), thus paving the way for free, fair, inclusive and credible parliamentary and presidential elections at the end of the transition period," stressing "the important role of neighbouring countries in the Libyan peace process."

The speakers, however, called for the end of "all military movements in favour of, or in direct support of, the parties to the conflict throughout Libya."

Moreover, the participants in the conference stressed the need for the "redeployment of heavy weapons, artillery and air vehicles," calling for credible, verifiable, sequenced and reciprocal measures.

According to the conference document, a special follow-up committee will be set up under the aegis of the United Nations to implement the results of the Berlin Conference on Libya, and monitor progress based primarily on the ceasefire, the arms embargo, the resumption of the political process, security sector reforms, economic reforms and human rights.

 

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Berlin Conference: Support for political agreement, Algeria ready to host Libyan dialogue