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Remarks by HRVP/VP Federica MOGHERINI following the meeting with the Libyan Political Dialogue Participants in Tunis

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Sorry for being late. We had very good, fruitful meetings all day today. It was very important for me, personally, and in the name of the European Union, its Member States, of the European Institutions, to come here, a few weeks after the signature of the agreement in December and especially today after what happened yesterday. So many victims, innocent people, people who were committed to work for the Libyan institutions, for their country. And other attacks in the last days that remind us that security situation in Libya needs to be tackled immediately and with unity.

I had, today, very good, fruitful, concrete meetings. First of all, with the Libyan Presidency Council, with all of them, with the Prime Minister designate Fayez al-Sarraj in a tête-à-tête meeting, and with all the Presidency Council to start discussing the EU’s support to the future Government of National Accord.

As I announced already today with him, the European Union has prepared a support package for Libya of € 100 million, immediately available on projects which will need to be discussed with the Government of National Accord from the first day it will come into power.

What is extremely important for us is that the priorities, the timing, the ways, of this support are determined by the Libyan people, by the Libyan authorities and this is what we started to discuss today with the Presidency Council, but also in the other meetings I had during the day.

This afternoon, in fact, I have had other meetings. Long and fruitful meetings with the representatives of the Libyan Political Dialogue who signed the agreement in December, with whom I had met several times before the signature, during the year-and-a-half of the Political Dialogue itself. And actually, we remembered with some of them, that together with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, we actually launched the political dialogue in Tripoli one and a half years ago.

We also met separately with Mr Emhemehed Schoeib and Mr Saleh Makzoum and some of their colleagues, as well as with the representatives of the Libyan Political Dialogue. We discussed the way ahead, the full implementation of the agreement and the way in which the European Union can support these further steps, which are needed now.

I will stop here and answer some of your questions.

Questions and answers

Sur l'embargo européen sur la livraison d'armes

Cela n'a pas été un des sujets de nos conversations aujourd'hui.

Ce que l'on a discuté, longtemps, avec tous les interlocuteurs, a été le soutien que l'Union européenne peut apporter dans le futur à un gouvernement d'accord national au niveau sécuritaire et en particulier dans la lutte contre le terrorisme et notamment contre Da'ech, qui est une lutte commune des Libyens, des Européens et aussi de la communauté internationale.

Mais nous avons aussi partagé, de façon très claire, le fait que cette lutte, doit être menée premièrement par les Libyens. La communauté internationale peut soutenir, dans des conditions que les Libyens peuvent déterminer eux-mêmes, mais la meilleure façon de répondre aux attaques de Da'ech en territoire libyen est l'unité des Libyens et leur propre lutte contre le terrorisme.

 

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We have not discussed single personalities and of their role.

We have discussed of the need for the Libyan authorities, the Presidency Council and the GNA in the future to determine the new security structure of the country and the ways in which the European Union will be able to help, in particular on training, briefing or advising the future security structure of the country. But this has to be a decision that the authorities of Libya themselves will need to take. We have discussed different options but this is what we mean by Libyan ownership of the process, also it means Libyan responsibility: they are the ones who know their country, their society and who are called from the signing of the agreement onwards to take responsibility and decisions together on the future of the country. This is obviously one of the most sensitive issues, they are still debating in the Council. Political decisions are always difficult. It's up to them to take them.

I just can add, and then I'm afraid I will have to leave, that what I found in all my interlocutors is a profound understanding and desire to work on national reconciliation, unity and inclusiveness of the steps ahead and I think this is an encouraging sign for the way forward.

Thank you very much and I will see you next time.

Shukran

 

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