The 7th meeting of the foreign ministers of Libya’s neighbouring countries was held on December 1st 2015 in Algiers under the chairmanship of Mr Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League.
Attendees included H.E. Mr Sameh Choukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, H.E. Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister of Foreign Affairs an African integration of Chad, H.E. Ms Kane Aichatou Boulama, Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Cooperation, African Integration, and Nigerians Living Abroad, H. E. Mr Mohamed Dairy, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya, H. E. Mr Touhami Abdouli, Tunisian State Secretary in charge of Arab and African Affairs, and H. E. Mr Kamel Ismail Said, State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan. Present were representatives of the Arab League, African Union, and European Union.
The ministers welcomed the participation of Mr Martin Kobler, the new Special Representative of UN Secretary General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and expressed their full support to his mission aimed at finding a political and peaceful solution to Libyan crisis. They commended the efforts made by his predecessor Bernardino Leon, who greatly contributed to the drafting of a political agreement as a constructive and positive solution.
The ministers examined the particularly serious situation that the brotherly Libyan people is living as a result from the political and security crisis and its multiple impacts in terms of deterioration of the living conditions of Libyan populations and destruction of the country’s potential. In this regard, they voiced their deep concern about the on-going clashes and called for an end to them. They also expressed great alarm over the expansion of terrorism in Libya and in particular over the activity of Daesh, Al Qaeda, and Ansar Al Sharia, calling for intensification and coordination of efforts to fight this phenomenon.
The ministers expressed their conviction that Libyans are capable of resolving their differences and making the Libyan people’s supreme interest prevail over any other consideration. They reasserted their confidence that the political solution proposed by the United Nations provides a credible basis for finding a lasting solution to Libyan crisis and to guaranteeing the country’s sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity, and national cohesion.
They underscored that the advent of a National Accord Government should benefit from the international community’s support in order to overcome the multiple political, security, and economic challenges that Libya is facing. They reiterated their call upon Libyan antagonists to approve the Political agreement submitted by the Special Representative of UN Secretary General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and to grasp this turning point to meet the expectations and the aspirations of the Libyan people who have clearly expressed their strong will to live in peace.
The ministers solemnly declared their respective countries’ determination to grant full support to the Libyan authorities as soon as the National Accord Government is established and accompany their efforts aimed at reconstruction. They called upon the international community and the United Nations to support, through the Security Council, Libya’s national institutions in order to encourage transition.
They believe that failing to resolve the crisis would be beneficial to terrorism and its various relationships to organized crime and other types of trans-border traffic: drug, armament, foreign fighters, and illegal immigration that threaten peace and stability in Libya and the rest of the countries in the region.
The ministers reiterated their strong conviction that the deterioration of the situation in Libya would enable terrorism to develop and consolidate its positions, thus intensifying instability in Libya and seriously threatening the neighbouring countries.
The ministers strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Tunis (Tunisia), Bamako (Mali), Bawabet Mislata (Libya), and Paris (France) and expressed their solidarity with these countries, stressing in this regard that resolving conflicts and eliminating hotbeds are part of the global battle that the international community is fighting against this scourge. They expressed their solidarity with the Sahel countries suffering from terrorist attacks carried out by Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, and Ansar Eddine.
The ministers renewed their full support to the political process initiated by the United Nations and encouraged the organization to continue the efforts undertaken to conclude this process in order to enable Libya to return to peace security, and stability.
The Special Representative of UN Secretary General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) made a presentation on the process of political settlement of the on-going crisis. Following this presentation and the debate, it was agreed to maintain exchange and consultations between the Special Representative and Libya’s neighbouring countries in order to keep them informed of the further development of this process.
The ministers extended their gratitude and thanks to brotherly Algeria for its significant role in encouraging the Parties to find a political solution to Libyan crisis and for its generous hospitality as a hosting country.
Finally, the ministers asked Abdelkader Messahel, Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union, and Arab League, to extend their sincere gratitude and highest considerations to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Algiers, December 1st 2015