Western countries say no military solution for Libya's political stalemate

Western countries say no military solution for Libya's political stalemate

March 02, 2019 - 21:37
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States have welcomed the agreement between the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj and the commander of the self-styled army in eastern Libya Khalifa Haftar in the UAE for the need to end transitional phase in Libya.

"We reiterate strong support to the ongoing efforts of UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Ghassan Salamé and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to deescalate tensions in Libya and help the Libyan people chart a path toward credible and secure elections.

The countries also welcomed the announcement by UNSMIL that a political agreement could be reached on the need to end the transitional stages in Libya through holding general elections, and on ways to maintain stability in the country and unify its institutions.

They said all parties should be aware that there is no military solution in Libya, calling on all Libyans to work constructively with Salamé and seize this vital opportunity to realize a stable and unified government that can deliver security and prosperity for all Libyans.

"We also welcome the announcement by the Government of National Accord that parties have agreed to resume oil production at the al-Sharara field. All sides should promptly implement this agreement in order to allow the National Oil Corporation (NOC) to resume its vital work for the benefit of all Libyans.‎" The countries added in a joint statement on Friday.

They added that oil is for all Libyans and must remain under the exclusive control of the NOC and sole oversight of the "Government of National Accord," as outlined in UN Security Council Resolutions 2259 (2015), 2278 (2016), and 2362 (2017).