Libya: Resumption of dialogue urgent, says FM

Minister' meeting at UN, 'concern for deteriorating situation'

27 September, 12:33

    (ANSAmed) - NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 27 - Foreign Affairs Minister Luigi Di Maio expressed strong concern for the deterioration of security and the humanitarian situation in Libya.

    However, he stressed that instability in Libya can't be solved through military intervention and that it has so far caused the death of numerous civilians, an unspecified number of fighters that and the displacement of at least 120,000 people, stoking the terror threat and further deteriorating the situation of instability in the country.

    ''It is increasingly urgent to resume dialogue and political initiative'', said Di Maio. He recalled the need to continue an inclusive dialogue and to guarantee the equal engagement and distribution of the country's resources for the benefit of the entire Libyan population. Wrapping up his mission to New York, the foreign minister co-chaired together with French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, a ministerial meeting on Libya on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The meeting was attended by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his special representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé, and saw the participation of the countries most involved at an international and regional level on the Libyan dossier, as well as the European Union, Arab League and African Union.

    During his speech, Di Maio stressed the centrality of the Libyan dossier for the security and stability of the Mediterranean region and the work carried out by Italy and the entire international community in looking for a peaceful and shared solution to the long Libyan crisis.

    ''The meeting aims to give a contribution, in terms of ideas, reflections and proposals, and to promote a strong cohesion of the international community ahead of the conference on Libya which Germany plans to organize in the fall'', said the minister.

    Di Maio finally reaffirmed Italy's most convinced support for the work of the United Nations and the UN secretary general's special representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé, in the UN-sponsored process for peace and security in Libya.

    (ANSAmed).

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