European Union External Action

Statement by HR/VP Mogherini on the situation in Libya

Bruxelles, 03/09/2018 - 21:17, UNIQUE ID: 180903_11
Statements by the HR/VP

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her phone call with UN SRSG Ghassan Salamé on the situation in Libya

The escalating violence in Tripoli is further undermining the already fragile situation in Libya. Violence begets violence and only brings more suffering to the Libyan people who deserve peace and security.

We call on all parties to respond positively to the UN's call for an urgent mediation meeting tomorrow and to cease hostilities immediately. This is what I discussed with the UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé over the phone today. I also assured him of the EU’s continuing full support for his work in the current days and also in bringing about a lasting solution to the crisis in Libya. Only a political process can bring a comprehensive, stable and sustainable solution to the crisis in Libya.

The European Union will continue to work with the United Nations and other international and regional partners to strengthen Libya's sovereign institutions, to help implement elections based on an adequate and solid constitutional framework, and create professional security forces under civilian control.

The European Union calls on all legitimate Libyan actors to rally together in support of these goals and put the interests of the Libyan people first.

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