APS : Monday, 03 October 2016
ALGIERS-Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Tahar Siyala stressed the willingness of the presidential Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) to implement national reconciliation in Libya as an efficient solution to the crisis in the country while drawing on Algeria’s experience, which is ” model is worthy of emulation.”
In a press conference co-held Monday in Algiers with Minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, Siyala stated that “Libya’s presidential council strives to implement national reconciliation between the Libyan people as a national reconciliation involving all Libyans is the only mean to efficiently resolve the crisis in Libya.”
He reaffirmed Libyan authorities’ willingness to draw on Algeria’s experience in national reconciliation, which is “a model worthy of emulation given the efficient measures and mechanisms it includes.”
“Avowed or hidden foreign interferences undermine national reconciliation in Libya,” the Libyan FM said, stressing that the Libyan diplomacy currently strives to “convince other parties to let the Libyans decide their future.”
In this regard, he hailed Algeria’s position on the situation in Libya since it is based on “respect for the will of the Libyan people and the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of the country while providing necessary support to the legitimate authorities.”
In response to a question on the meeting held on the Libyan crisis, in which many parties were absent, the Libyan official said that this meeting took place at the initiative of France and the French government invited participants.
“The cooperation process between the Libyan government and its regional partners will ne not be affected,” he affirmed
Renegotiation of political agreement “will only undermine” the crisis settlement process
In this regard, the Libyan minister called on the international community to make pressure on the parties undermining the process of political resolution in Libya to make them interact positively with efforts made by the presidential council of the GNA.
Siyala affirmed that “any option that advocates the renegotiation of the political agreement will only undermine the process of peaceful settlement of the crisis,” stressing that the situation in Libya does not need renegotiation of an agreement that benefit from international consensus including that of the UN, the Security Council, the African Union (AU) and the Arab League.”
“The political agreement is the basis of the resolution of the crisis in Libya,” he added.
As regards the “Strengthened building” launched by Libya’s president council to fight against the Islamic State terro group (ISIS), Siyala affirmed that “this is an exclusive Libyan operation conducted by Lybia on behalf of the international community as we are dealing with an international trans-border terrorism.”
“The operation has significantly progressed and is currently limited to a defined area in the town of Sirte,” he stressed, adding that “the slowness in the execution of this operation is due to executives’ willingness to reduce the number of human loss, particularly civilians held hostages by ISIS. This operation made 500 victims and 1,500 injured so far.”