The UN special envoy Ghassan Salamé is against the deployment of an international peacekeeping force in Libya. "There is no acceptance of foreign troops in Libya. I don't see the international community willing to send troops," he told the world .
He therefore does not strive for such a military operation.
It is more important to convert the current ceasefire into a permanent ceasefire, said Salamé. However, no blue helmets are necessary for this, but only a small number of military observers.
The Libya conference in Berlin described Salamé as a success. "My goal was to get the other participating countries around the table. We did a lot there, despite great difficulties," he said. It is particularly important that the fighting parties in Libya have agreed on a joint military committee to negotiate an armistice. The newly created International Committee for Follow-Up Measures, which is to further coordinate the process started in Berlin, will meet for the first time in mid-February. Germany may co-chair the UN-Libya mission.
Bundeswehr deployment in Libya is possible in principle
Defense spokesman for the Union faction in the Bundestag, Henning Otte, spoke out in favor of examining a possible deployment of the Bundeswehr only after an armistice. "The arms embargo must be strengthened and a sustainable ceasefire must be reached. In a next step, we can examine how the Bundeswehr can also contribute to this," said the CDU politician at the Rheinische Post . It is about a joint contribution with the European partners and under the umbrella of the United Nations. Germany continues to stand by its responsibility for stability in its neighborhood.
Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) and Defense Commissioner for the German Bundestag, Hans-Peter Bartels, made similar comments. "Whether a military mission in Libya led by the UN or the EU makes sense depends on the fact that what you want to monitor actually exists in practice: an armistice and a plan to move to peace," said Bartels Passauer Neue Press .
On Sunday in Berlin, 16 states and organizations agreed to step up international efforts to monitor the UN arms embargo that had been in place since 2011. A comprehensive demobilization and disarmament of the militias in the civil war country is demanded. Violations of an armistice are to be sanctioned.