Int’l actors reaffirm commitment to cease-fire in Libya

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The new Libyan flag is raised during a parade in the eastern city of Benghazi to celebrate the second anniversary of Nato's first military operation in Libya on March 19, 2013. On 19 March 2011, Kadhafi's troops and tanks entered the city and the same day French forces began an international military intervention in Libya, later joined by coalition forces with strikes against armoured units south of Benghazi and attacks on Libyan air-defence systems, after UN Security Council Resolution 1973 called for using "all necessary means" to protect Libyan civilians and populated areas from attack by government forces. AFP PHOTO / ADBULLAH DOMA (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

World powers and regional actors have launched on Feb. 16 an international committee to oversee pledges made for an arms embargo and cease-fire in Libya.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting of more than a dozen foreign ministers and top diplomats in Munich, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said participants reaffirmed their commitment to the conclusions of the Berlin Conference last month.

“Today we launched the International Follow-up Committee on Libya [IFCL], and thereby we put into practice one of the most important conclusions of the Berlin Conference,” he said.

“This committee would now work to ensure that all the conclusions of the Berlin Conference would really be implemented. At the same time, it would accompany the UN-led, intra-Libyan dialogue process, and support it in the best possible way,” he added.

Maas said that the recently formed IFCL will be co-chaired by the UN and one of the participant states or organizations of the Berlin process.

As the next rotating co-chair, Italy will host a meeting of IFCL next month in Rome, he added.

In a joint statement after the meeting, the current co-chairs — the UN and Germany — underlined that all the participant states declared willingness to implement the Berlin Conference conclusions fully.

“They had a discussion on the deplorable recent violations of the arms embargo, renewed their determination to contribute to its thorough implementation and welcomed progress regarding more efficient monitoring of the embargo under way,” the statement said.

The participating states also urged Libya’s conflict parties “to maintain the current truce and accelerate negotiations regarding a permanent ceasefire” in the country.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu attended the Libya meeting in Munich, along with the foreign ministers of France, Italy and several countries from the region, at the invitation of Germany’s top diplomat.

UN Security Council members Russia, China and the U.S. sent deputy foreign ministers and senior diplomats to Munich for the meeting.

Foreign ministers from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the main supporters of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar, also took part in the meeting.

Last month, Germany hosted a summit in Berlin seeking international unity to support efforts for a political solution and cease-fire in Libya.

The Berlin Conference ended with pledges on cease-fire and arms embargo, and heads of states and governments agreed to set up a follow-up committee to discuss the implementation of the conference conclusions.

Hurriyet Daily News

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