Panafrican News Agency

Libyan diplomatic chief stresses need for political will to establish peace

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Najla al-Mangouch, has stressed that the process of building and establishing peace requires political will and concerted local and international efforts, which is a continuous and long-term process.

Ms. al-Mangouch's remarks came during her participation on Wednesday in virtual a roundtable on, "The Legitimacy of the Peace Process", organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Peace Principles Initiative.

The meeting brought together government representatives at ministerial level, and senior members of the International Committee for a Comprehensive Peace. There were also a number of senior UN officials and representatives of civil society, to discuss opportunities and solutions for improving the sustainability and continuity of peace operations.

"We have a vision to support stability in Libya in order to build a lasting peace in the country," the Libyan minister stressed.

"This vision is based on three main tracks: the military and security track; the economic track; and the political track. These tracks are based on the results of the Berlin 1 and 2 Conferences, as well as on UN Security Council Resolutions 2570 and 2571."

The Libyan Foreign Minister said that the approaching date of the general elections "prompts us to focus on the military and security track at this stage, in order to create a secure environment for the holding of these elections".

She stressed that the military and security component focuses on the departure of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces, support for the work of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission, which aims to unify the military institution and the commitment of the international community to support this process.

It is also to put pressure on external parties that seek to thwart the process, to prevent them from interfering negatively in the Libyan issue.

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