Today, at the invitation of German Foreign Minister Maas and United Nations Secretary-General Guterres, High Representatives of the Governments of Algeria, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (AU Chair), Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, the Republic of the Congo (Chair of the High-Level Commission of the AU on Libya), the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, and the League of Arab States, have gathered for the Second Berlin Conference on Libya.
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I would like to thank Minister [for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Heiko] Maas, [United Nations] Secretary General [António] Guterres and all those who have invested so much effort to allow this conference to take place today. I also warmly welcome Prime Minister [Abdul Hamid Mohammed] Dbeibah and the Libyan delegation.
Their presence today here is possibly the strongest evidence of the long road that we have walked together in the last one and a half years. As many of you have been pointing out.
As a follow-up to the tasking received from the EU Heads of Missions’ meeting on 15 April 2021, EUBAM has organised its first Technical Coordination Group for partner EU institutions and Member States. The meetings, which will take place every three months, aim to enhance cooperation between EU actors and the Mission’s Libyan counterparts in the fields of Border Management, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.
On 26 May, the Swiss Federal Council took the decision to terminate the negotiations on an Institutional Framework Agreement between the EU and Switzerland. We regret this decision. The conclusion of this Agreement was a priority for the EU. Let me start by putting things in perspective. This may help to better grasp the issue and the challenge ahead of us.
The reports on the bombing of a market place in the village of Edaga Selus near Togoga in the Dogua Tembien District of the Tigray Region on 22 June are extremely worrying. This is yet another attack adding up to the horrific series of International Humanitarian Law and human rights violations, atrocities, ethnic violence, combined with serious allegations of use of starvation and sexual violence as weapons of conflict.
The European Union and the United Nations are natural partners. We are the world’s leading proponents and defenders of a multilateral and rules-based global governance system. Together, we respond to global crises, threats and challenges which cannot be addressed by individual nations acting alone, and require cooperation and coordination based on universal values and rules.