Lavrov: Success of the settlement in Libya depends on participation of political forces that have influence on the ground

Alwasat Staff Fri 16 Oct 2020, 09:17 PM
alwasat radio

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed to the Acting head of the UN mission in Libya, Stephanie Williams, that the success of the settlement process in Libya depends on the participation of all political forces that have influence on the ground and want to guarantee the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Libyan state.

According to a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry today, Lavrov and Williams discussed the importance of continuous coordination of international efforts led by the United Nations to promote sustainable development of Libyan-Libyan negotiations aimed at helping the country overcome a long-standing system-wide crisis.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the meeting witnessed an in-depth discussion on a wide range of issues related to developments in Libya, as both sides noted with satisfaction that the ceasefire lasted for four months.

Williams briefed the Russian Foreign Minister on the preparations for the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Tunis, which will be attended by representatives of all political forces and Libyan regions.

The two sides referred to the positive results of the contacts between the Libyans held in September and October in Montreux (Switzerland), Bouznika (Morocco) and Hurghada (Egypt), as well as the Geneva meetings held within the framework of the Libyan Joint Military Committee (5+5).

Lavrov renewed Russia's determination to continue working actively towards "early rapprochement" between the Libyan parties and to create conditions for establishing unified bodies of authority on the basis of the decisions of the Berlin Conference and Security Council Resolution No. 2510. Pointing out that since the Libyan oil sector resumed its work, it is important that revenues be distributed in a fair and transparent manner for the benefit of all Libyans.

Later in the day, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov also held detailed consultations with Stephanie Williams.

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