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Algeria chairs meeting of Peace and Security Council of African Union on situation in Libya

Algeria will chair tomorrow, Tuesday, the Ministerial Session of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, devoted to discussing the situation prevailing in Libya.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sabri Boukadoum, will chair the Ministerial Session of the Peace and Security Council, which will be held in a context marked by the tangible progress that has been made as part of the Libyan dialogue stemming from the Berlin Conference on Libya held in January 2020.

The meeting aims to ensure the continuity of the progress that has been made so far, as part of dialogue and peace, particularly by supporting the efforts of the UN envoy and supporting the Government of National Unity in the mission assigned to it.

The session will be devoted to discussing the means likely to be used by the African Union and supporting the current process that would lead to the organization of presidential elections in Libya on December 24, 2021.

The discussion will address the various forms through which the Union will be able to contribute to the mechanism for monitoring the ceasefire in force in Libya.

The participants will also discuss possible means to support the Libyan authorities in achieving national reconciliation and improving the living conditions of Libyans.

Meanwhile, the measures to be applied to fight COVID-19, terrorism, human trafficking and illegal migration will also be discussed.

The members of the Peace and Security Council will discuss the concrete measures that must be taken in order to prevent foreign interference in Libya, implement the UN blockade on weapons, and accelerate the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries.

After years of conflict, a ceasefire was implemented on  October 23, 2020 in Libya following the fourth meeting of the Joint Military Committee. Based on the Libyan ceasefire monitoring mechanism, the UN Security Council approved on April 16, 2021 the formation in charge of monitoring the ceasefire agreement at the level of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

On the other hand, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, sponsored by the United Nations, allowed the selection on February 5, 2021 of a transitional executive authority and a national unity government (March 10, 2021 the house of representatives granted it its confidence) entrusted with preparing the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections.

The mission of the National Unity Government is to promote national reconciliation and respond to the basic needs of the population, including the fight against COVID-19. It is also supposed to ensure the disarmament, dismissal of elements of armed groups, and the reintegration of elements of armed groups, in addition to fighting terrorism, human trafficking and illegal immigration.

In order to settle the crisis in Libya, Algeria has always called for a Libyan political solution away from foreign interference, with special emphasis on the need to guarantee Libya’s independence, unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who participated in January 2020 in the Berlin Conference that allowed the revival of the process aimed at bailing Libya out of its crisis, expressed Algeria’s readiness to support the transitional authorities to make the election slated for December 24, 2021 a success.

Algeria plays, in its capacity as a member of the African Union High-Level Committee on Libya and its Contact Group, an active role in promoting the process of national reconciliation.

It brings its contribution as part of consultations with Libya’s neighboring countries, which held their last ministerial meetings in Algeria on January 23, 2020.

During a joint visit of the Ministers of Interior and Foreign Affairs on April 19, 2021 to Libya, Algeria reaffirmed its commitment to support the Libyan transitional authorities to resume peace and national reconciliation, coordinate efforts against security threats, and strengthen Algerian-Libyan cooperation.

Algeria, which fully supports the implementation of the Libyan transitional authorities’ roadmap, expressed its readiness to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields of endeavor.

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