Libya: meeting of ministers from neighbouring countries ends

Commitment to respect Berlin Conference roadmap

01 September, 12:05

    (ANSA) - TUNIS, 01 SET - A two-day meeting of foreign ministers from Libya's neighbouring countries, which saw the participation of, among others, Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit and UN Special Envoy for Libya Jan Kubis, concluded in Algiers on Tuesday.

    In a joint final declaration, the foreign ministers of Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Niger and Chad emphasised the importance of respecting the results of the Berlin 1 and 2 Conferences, in compliance with the sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity of Libya, "condemning the continued supply of weapons and mercenaries to armed formations, in flagrant violation of the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations, as well as deliberate attempts to sow division among Libyans by undermining all efforts to resolve the crisis in Libya".

    The meeting also highlighted the importance of ensuring the "coordination, alignment and integration" of the efforts of the United Nations, the African Union (AU), the Arab League and the European Union.

    The signatories then called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2,570 and the permanent ceasefire agreement.

    "The ministers stressed the need to effectively implement the main priorities of the agreed roadmap, in terms of conducting the elections on the scheduled date in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2.570, the results of the Berlin 2 Conference and the roadmap issued by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, provided that the competent Libyan institutions lay the legal and constitutional foundations".

    "Therefore, the withdrawal of foreign forces, foreign fighters and mercenaries, the unification of the military institution and the achievement of national reconciliation. This without damaging the security of neighboring countries," said the declaration.

    The countries participating in the meeting in Algiers also decided to send a ministerial delegation to Libya, to express their solidarity with the Libyan people and evaluate the progress of the political process preceding the elections scheduled for 24 December.

    The next meeting of the countries bordering Libya will be held in Egypt on a date still to be determined. (ANSA).

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