Wednesday 28 June 2017

Inter-Libyan Dialogue in Algiers, a Strong Message to Conclude Peace Agreement

Inter-Libyan Dialogue in Algiers, a Strong Message to Conclude Peace Agreement
(Algérie Presse service 06/04/15)

The third meeting of the inter-Libyan dialogue, bringing together Libyan political leaders and activists in Algiers, sends a strong message to all Libyans to conclude a peace and reconciliation agreement in their country, plagued by a security and political crisis.

"The time has come to send a strong message, from Algiers during this crucial meeting, to all Libyans that it's high time to take the decision," said the United Nations Envoy for Libya Berdardino Leon in his opening address at the 3rd round, held under the aegis of the United Nations, to find a political solution to the crisis in Libya, in presence of Minster of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel.

Leon said that the meeting "is an opportunity to improve the previous draft agreement," explaining that "Libyans have understood that the last draft agreement must be amended on the basis of a more political approach that should be accepted by all the involved players."

In this regard, he underlined the "need to insist during the discussions on the parameters of state institutions, especially the military and security ones, which are matter of concern for all Libyans."

Deteriorating situation requires urgent peace agreement

"Considering the deteriorating economic situation, the growing terrorist threat and the political discord between the two governments in Libya," Leon said that the "peace and reconciliation agreement must be concluded as soon as possible."

In this regard, he explained that "the Libyan central Bank can continue to pay the salaried workers for a month, owing to the falling oil prices and the decline of production."

The UN envoy underlined that the extremists, particularly those belonging to Daesh organization, are proliferating in the vast territories of the country, which represents a challenge for all parties."

As regards the political situation, Leon called to end the "trading of accusations between Fajr Libya and the government of Tobruk," and stressed the need for an agreement, "this is main message of Algiers meeting," he added.

"Fajr Libya is not a terrorist organization," he said, adding that "it can make concessions and counter Daesh groups."

In this respect, he underined that "Libyans want to conclude the agreement, which must reflect their aspirations."

Algeria's unchanging position to helping Libyan brothers

Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel reiterated Algeria's unchanging position to helping Libyan brothers, from different political leanings, to move towards a unifying and inclusive dialogue, except the terrorist groups recognized as such by the UN."

"The security of Libya is also that of Algeria," he added.

In this regard, the minister said that this dialogue "is based on the willingness of Libyans far from any foreign interference and will allow the formation of a national unity government, which will manage public affairs, restore stability throughout the Libyan territory and counter the threat of the country's division."

"The escalation of terrorist threats and the spread of violence around the world have become a cause for concern for the international community," said Messahel.

"The security of Libya is also that of Algeria, and that of its neighbouring countries and the Sahel region," he added.

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