Merkel: Participants at Berlin conference on Libya agree on consolidating ceasefire

Merkel: Participants at Berlin conference on Libya agree on consolidating ceasefire

January 19, 2020 - 21:50
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the participants at Berlin conference on Libya agreed Sunday on consolidating the ceasefire announced last Sunday in Libya, reiterating that there's no military solution to the conflict.

In a joint press conference after the conference in Berlin with UN Secretary General, UN envoy to Libya, and German Foreign Minister, Merkel added that Ghassan Salame named at the conference the members of the proposed 5+5 military committee as part of the security dialogue in Libya, saying the committee will convene next week.

She told reporters that Berlin conference contributed largely to the settlement process in Libya, adding that the state participants vowed not to provide more support to the conflict parties in Libya so the military operations can be halted.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced forming the 5+5 committee and added it will start meeting next week, reiterating that all participants agreed that there can be no military solution to the Libyan crisis despite the fact that some of them may have been part of the conflict.

Guterres added that the participants in Berlin had all sent a message that the solution in Libya is peaceful and said they were all committed to this track and would not intervene in the conflict, "which is a good result out of Berlin," he added.

The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the goals set at the Berlin conference had been achieved and that the UN will now supervise the peace track in Libya starting February.

Berlin conference hosted 12 countries and international as well as regional organizations to discuss solutions to the Libyan military conflict.