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Libyan FM unveils plans to make the country stable

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Najla al-Mangouch, says Libya's stability will depend greatly on the full implementation of its ceasefire agreement and a clear and practical timetable for the exit of mercenaries and foreign forces from the north African country.

Al-Mangouch was speaking on Tuesday at the Ministerial Council of the League of Arab States in the Qatari capital Doha.

The Libyan minister said "the Libyan vision for dealing with stability, is based on the full implementation of the deal, the opening of the coastal roads and the unification of the army and other sovereign institutions.

In her speech at the extraordinary consultative meeting of the League of Arab States, al-Mangouch stressed the need to enact the necessary legislation to implement the roadmap and establish a clear mechanism to put pressure on those who obstruct the roadmap and international resolutions.

According to a statement issued by the Libyan Foreign Ministry, the ceasefire was signed on 23 October, 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland, under the auspices of the United Nations by the members of the Joint Military Commission 5+5, five senior officers from both sides in the conflict in Libya.

The ceasefire deal stipulates, among other things, the opening of coastal roads, the resumption of air links between Libyan cities and regions, the exchange of prisoners and detainees and the departure of foreign fighters and mercenaries from the country within three months after the signing of the agreement.

It said that the departure of foreign troops has not been implemented due to differences between the parties to the conflict, as well as the opening of the coastal road linking Sirte to Misrata (Centre).

The Libyan Foreign Minister stressed that these are the starting points for the Libya's Stability Initiative, which will be presented at the second Berlin Conference, scheduled for 23 June 2021, with an active Libyan presence.

A Berlin II Conference has been scheduled for 23 June, organised by Germany and the United Nations.

It will bring together countries interested in resolving the Libyan conflict who will follow up on the Libyan political process, including the implementation of the roadmap of the Libyan political dialogue on the organisation of elections on 24 December and the implementation of the ceasefire agreement, in particular the clause on the departure of foreign fighters and mercenaries, as well as the unification of the Libyan army.

Al-Mangouch told the Arab League Council meeting that "Libya is now being governed by a unified Executive Authority that is working towards the promoting of peace, resolving disputes through dialogue and preparing for the upcoming elections".

She acknowledged that "the path to settlement faces great challenges, but that the government is determined to implement the roadmap and restore security and stability to Libya".

The Libyan head of diplomacy added that "the priorities of the government of national accord, based on the preliminary stage roadmap, are to impose national sovereignty in the country, expel all foreign forces and mercenaries and achieve national reconciliation, launched by the decision of the Presidential Council to establish the High Commission for National Reconciliation and community dialogues among all segments of the society.

She also thanked all countries for their support for the Presidential Council and the Government of National Accord, expressing the hope that the recent decisions have eliminated the differences that have arisen among members regarding the Libyan issue.

-0- PANA BY/IS/SOC/BBA/VAO 15June2021