France: 'Libya's failure to achieve national reconciliation is failure for whole region' - President Macron

Paris, France (PANA) - French President Emmanuel Macron, has expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the meeting he brokered between the two rival leaders in Libya.

The meeting, held on Tuesday in Paris, involved the President of the UN-backed Government of National Accord, Fayez Al Serraj, and Gen. Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the Libyan National Army.

According to the Libyan News Agency, the two rival parties reached a cease-fire agreement, recognizing that only a political solution would lead to peace and elections held "as soon as possible".

The key points of the deal are the promise that Libya’s militias will be dissolved and replaced with regular police and army, committing all the country’s many factions to a ceasefire, united government and fresh elections to end a three-year civil war.

Libya has been in turmoil since its former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, was overthrown and killed in 2011 after more than 40 years in power. The struggle to unify the warring factions has not been successful, as civil war in the north African country has left 400,000 people displaced, ruined the economy and created a chaos that militant groups, including ISIL, have taken advantage of to set up bases

"What has been reached at the meeting will bring about peace and reconciliation and support the war on terror in Libya," Macron said at a press conference following the Al Serraj-Haftar meeting in La Celle Saint-Cloud outside Paris.

Macron indicated that the EU would support the national reconciliation move, stressing that there was a need to curb trafficking and weapons smuggling to terrorists.

"The road map will help establish peace and national reconciliation," but warned "If Libya fails the whole region will fail, particularly Libya's neighbours.
-0- PANA VAO 26July2017

26 يوليو 2017 14:47:21

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