No time to lose in Libya’s political process, says Minister
Libya – Statements to the press by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, following the ministerial meeting on Libya (excerpts)
Munich, 13 February 2016
I came to Munich today for this very important meeting about the situation in Libya. As you know, a political process is under way, and it provided an opportunity to take stock, at a time when that country is facing considerable challenges: security challenges, humanitarian challenges, political challenges and economic challenges. And the representatives present here, from several countries and also speaking on behalf of the international community, lent their support to a political process, which must develop very rapidly, given the deteriorating situation in Libya and the Libyan people’s current exhaustion.
So we had a meeting with President Salah, the President of the House of Representatives, and we said we have great expectations that he will provide his support and the investiture of the House of Representatives to the planned government being prepared by Mr Sarraj, who is President of the Presidential Council. This process must now be speeded up. There is no more time to lose in ensuring that this national unity government can take office and be established in Tripoli in complete security.
So we supported the role the President of the House of Representatives can play, which may be to speed up or slow down the process. That’s the message.
The meeting took place, it’s positive, it’s constructive, but there’s no time to lose, and in particular I want to be clear: those – and there are some – who individually oppose this process are taking on huge responsibilities and, well, they face possible sanctions. On this point, things are clear. Apart from that, the international community, as I’ve said, is showing solidarity with the Libyan people. The political solution under way absolutely must be a success. On it depend the interests of Libyans, the interests and security of the countries in the region, and also security in Europe. (…)./.