France working for stable, unified, prosperous future in Libya

Libya – Reply by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to a written question in the National Assembly

Paris, 20 October 2020

Through its steadfast support for the United Nations’ mediation in Libya, France is working with all Libyans to promote a stable, unified and prosperous future for their country.

France is sparing no effort to make a comprehensive political settlement to the Libya crisis possible. In this spirit, all the leading players in the Libya issue have been hosted several times in Paris. We have reiterated the need to work for a swift cessation of hostilities in the framework of the Libyan (5+5) Joint Military Commission’s negotiations, revitalize the political process and end all foreign interference in Libya. These concrete efforts to find a solution to the crisis are part of the framework agreed on at the Berlin conference of 19 January 2020, under the auspices of the United Nations. On that occasion, all the participants pledged not to intervene in the Libya conflict.

In Libya, France is not choosing one side against the other. It worked with players from both the west and the east when it came to fighting Daesh [so-called ISIS], and it is now talking to everyone to achieve a political solution.

France has also been working actively to strengthen European unity on the Libya issue, particularly by taking the initiative of [holding] very regular talks between the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, his German and Italian counterparts and the European Union’s High Representative, Mr Josep Borrell. As France has always recalled, only an inclusive political process led by the Libyans themselves under the auspices of the United Nations can end the conflict and bring about lasting peace. In this regard, we would like a new special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to be appointed quickly./.

Published on 20/10/2020

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