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Berlin Conference: Peace in Libya will not be achieved without dialogue between Libyans


In its closing statement, the Berlin Conference on the Libyan Crisis called for a permanent ceasefire, and stressed that only the Libyan dialogue can end the conflict and impose peace.

At the conclusion of extensive discussions held in Berlin, the closing statement called on the Libyan parties and their supporters to end military activities with the start of the ceasefire, and the comprehensive and permanent cessation of all hostilities.

The conference called on the United Nations to form technical committees to control and monitor the implementation of the ceasefire in Libya.

The participants in the Berlin conference affirmed their commitment not to interfere in the armed conflict and internal affairs of Libya, calling for the establishment of an international monitoring committee to continue coordination between all parties.

The meeting in Berlin urged all Libyan parties to end the transitional period with free, inclusive and fair elections, to establish an effective presidential council, and to form a unified, inclusive and effective government approved by the House of Representatives.

The Berlin statement also stressed the accountability of all violators of international law.

For her part, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the parties to the conflict in Libya and their international supporters agreed during the Berlin conference on the need to respect and strengthen the arms embargo in order to reach a permanent ceasefire.

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Merkel added that the participants in the conference agreed to assign a military committee, which includes five soldiers from the Al-Wefaq government and five others from Haftar's forces, to discuss the ceasefire, to meet next week.

For his part, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that all participants in the Berlin conference stressed that there is no military solution in Libya, including those who may have been directly involved in the conflict.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that progress had been made at the Berlin conference for a complete ceasefire in Libya.

Pompeo expressed his hope to reopen Libyan oil facilities as a result of the summit, reiterating the US commitment to a political solution to the Libyan crisis.

Berlin witnessed a demonstration by the Libyan community in Germany in front of the conference venue, in support of the national reconciliation government.

The demonstrators called on the participating countries to view with responsibility the suffering of civilians in Libya, reiterating their call to protect them from the bombing they are subjected to by Haftar forces.

Source: aljazeera

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