Italy supporting UN-facilitated dialogue on Libya

450,000 euros for first round

20 November, 13:23

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, NOVEMBER 20 - Italy is supporting the peace process in Libya with a contribution of 450,000 euros for UN-facilitated political dialogue forum on Libya. In the presence of UN special envoy Stephanie Williams at the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) held in Tunis under her leadership and facilitated by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the Deputy General Director/Central Director for the Mediterranean and Middle East countries of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Luca Gori, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Gerardo Noto signed an agreement by which Italy provides an initial contribution of 450,000 euros to UNDP's Political Dialogue Programme, according to a UNDP statement. The statement added this contribution had made it possible to hold the first round of the forum from November 9 to 15, 2020. Gori noted that: "The stabilization of Libya is a strategic priority for Italy. Since the beginning of the crisis, we have been advocating that the only way to ensure Libya's stability, unity and integrity was to pursue political dialogue, in the framework of the UN-led Berlin Process. Indeed, we are fully engaged in achieving these objectives in close cooperation with UNSMIL and UNDP whose efforts in favor of the political solution of the Libyan crisis remain essential". Noto said: "UNDP and Italy have a very strong partnership working on strategic initiatives to support people in Libya. Today we are thankful for the renewed effort to support the UN peacebuilding under the Berlin Process with this contribution to the political dialogue project to organize the LPDF and other intra-Libyan dialogues." (ANSA).

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