Libya's Presidential Council sets demands ahead of Berlin conference

Libya's Presidential Council sets demands ahead of Berlin conference

September 30, 2019 - 20:38
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Presidential Council has conditioned its participation in the upcoming international conference on Libya in Berlin to a number of demands, including commitment to the Libyan Political Agreement and its bodies as the only basis for any upcoming dialogue, stressing that all countries should halt dealing with parallel institutions in Libya as the only legitimate body is "the Government of National Accord."

The Presidential Council said a ceasefire in Tripoli can only happen if the attacking forces have withdrawn to their previous positions before April 04, 2019 without any conditions, adding that there was no agreement made in Abu Dhabi but was only a consultation meeting under the auspices of the UN.

"The only agreement we are aware of is that of Paris that set dates for elections in Libya and that was reiterated in Palermo as well, but the other party didn't abide by it." The statement reads.

It adds that the solution in Libya is as per the UNSMIL action plan that was undermined by Khalifa Haftar's offensive on Tripoli to topple legitimacy in the country, saying the UN efforts are on line with the Head of Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj's initiative of last June that called for a national conference to pave the way for a constitutional basis for elections.

The Presidential Council said there can be no talks of a security council outside the political agreement before ending the presence of all parallel institutions and that the military institution should be under the command of the civilian authority of the Presidential Council's government.

"The National Oil Corporation in Tripoli is the only legitimate body to manage oil production and exports. All stakeholders should be invited to the meetings and conferences on Libya without exception as happened in preparations for the Berlin conference." The Presidential Council added.

"We are keen on defeating Haftar's militias and we won't have any dialogue with those who have Libyans' blood on their hands." It further added.

This statement comes after the on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New York that called for an unconditional ceasefire, and the return to political process based on Paris, Palermo and Abu Dhabi outcomes.