Berlin, Paris and Rome concerned about Libya conflict: joint appeal

Soldier in Tripoli

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Berlin In view of the ongoing violence in Libya, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, together with his colleagues from France and Italy, and the EU foreign policy officer, made an appeal to the parties to the conflict. In a joint statement on Saturday, they expressed concern about the situation in the North African civil war country.

At the same time, they called on those involved to be inspired by the spirit of the fasting month of Ramadan that had just begun and to resume talks about a real ceasefire. In the interest of the whole country, the Libyan actors should act together against the common enemy – the coronavirus pandemic.

“The conflict continues unabated and developments in the past few weeks have increased concerns, particularly with regard to the long-suffering Libyan population,” said the statement by the SPD politician Maas, the Frenchman Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Italian Luigi Di Maio and the EU’s External Representative Josep Borrell.

They reaffirm their commitment to the decisions of the Berlin Libya conference in mid-January and support the call for a humanitarian ceasefire by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and UN Special Envoy Stephanie Williams.

A violent civil war has been raging in Libya for nine years. The fighting around the capital Tripoli had recently intensified. According to the UN, there have been more than 850 violations of the ceasefire negotiated in mid-January. At that time, Germany had held a conference to mediate between the conflicting parties.

More: The EU countries have approved the operation to monitor the UN arms embargo against Libya. It is intended to replace the “Sophia” operation.


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