Joint statement of FMs of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt as part of tripartite presidential initiative to resolve crisis in Libya
13/06/2019 12:44, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - "The latest developments in Libya, ways to stop fighting there and resume the political process between the various Libyan parties under the United Nations’ auspices" is the focus of the 7th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt, held Wednesday evening in the capital, as part of the tripartite presidential initiative between Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt to resolve the crisis in Libya, issued from the "Tunis Declaration to support the comprehensive political settlement in Libya," on February 20, 2017.

In a joint statement, the three FMs expressed “deep concern about the current situation in Libya”, stressing their commitment as part of the tripartite initiative to work together to bring the Libyan parties closer and persuade them to cease fire immediately and unconditionally.

They called these parties to "spare the Libyan people more suffering and take into account Libya’s supreme national interest, show the necessary flexibility, stop the escalation and return to the political process within the framework of a comprehensive Libyan-Libyan dialogue."

After emphasising that "there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis," the foreign ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt pointed out in their statement "the importance of maintaining and supporting the political process as the only way to resolve the Libyan crisis under the auspices of the United Nations and through its mission to Libya and to implement all the items of the United Nations’ plan adopted by the Security Council on October 10, 2017."

They also reiterated their "total rejection of any external interference in the internal affairs of Libya," which may lead to a crisis in the situation in this country, expressing "their condemnation of the continued flow of arms to Libya from regional sides

and others in flagrant violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions, a factor that is “fuelling the conflict and deepening the Libyan people’s suffering."

The ministers underlined "the importance of carrying on co-ordination and co-operation between the three countries in countering terrorism and drying up its roots, and their support for all Libyan national efforts to combat this scourge," expressing in this regard their "great concern over the inflow of foreign terrorists to Libya, the lists of and the exploitation by persons and entities subject to the UN sanctions of the current situation to destabilise Libya and the neighbouring countries."

"The three foreign ministers affirmed their commitment to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya and the need to unite all Libyan national institutions and rehabilitate them to shoulder their full responsibility to express the people's will and to represent all the components of the Libyan people," the statement said.

The FMs agreed to "exert joint efforts with the Libyan parties, the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council to take the necessary measures to immediately and unconditionally cease fire and to help resume the political process."

They also agreed to hold the next meeting in Algeria at a date to be determined after consultations.

The meeting was held between Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemais Jhinaoui, Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Chokri.

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