AU Troika Summit urges immediate ceasefire in Libya

A joint meeting of the African Union (AU)’s troika summit and the chairmanship of the Libya committee in the African body on Tuesday 23/4/2019 called for implementing an immediate ceasefire in the Arab country.

The meeting was hosted by Cairo at an invitation of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi; the 2019 AU chairman, gathering Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso; the chairman of the AU Libya committee, alongside members of the AU’s troika; President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki also attended the meeting that aimed to discuss the latest developments in Libya and the means to contain the current dilemma and revive the political process in Libya and eliminate terrorism.

In their final communique, the participants reaffirmed commitment to support the stability, unity and territorial integrity of Libya and to resume political negotiations on the basis of the Libyan political agreement, allowing the unification of its legitimate institutions; the Presidential Council, the House of Representatives, the High Council of State and the Libyan National Army, and to prepare them for assuming their full responsibility in expressing the popular will and enabling the army to fulfill its duty in preserving the country’s unity and sovereignty, ending the chaos of militias, maintaining security and stability, eliminating terrorism and stopping all kinds of external interference in Libya’s internal affairs.

The AU and its member states will play the main and pivotal role in addressing the current crisis in Libya, the final communique added.

Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salame is called for fully cooperating with the AU bodies concerned in full transparency and intensifying his consultations with all parties in Libya without exception, it added.

The African leaders also urged an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Libya.

They called on all Libyan parties to exercise restraint, respect the safety of civilians and facilitate humanitarian access to all areas of the country.

The participants urged the international community to shoulder its responsibility to stop the smuggling of arms and foreign fighters to Libya, end the crisis of illegal immigration and human trafficking and put an end to all forms of foreign intervention in the country, which seeks to turn it into a proxy conflict arena and deplete the resources of the Libyan people.

They also stressed troika’s continued commitment to intensify its engagement with all the Libyan parties in the next phase for achieving a political solution under the auspices of the United Nations and in line with the relevant mechanisms of the African Union.

Source: State Information Service Egypt