Berlin to host Libya meeting again in mid March FM

BERLIN, Feb 3 (KUNA) Berlin is set to host another meeting on the current happenings in Libya in the middle of March, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Sunday.

The foreign ministers of those countries which met in the German capital on January 19 are due to come together once more in Berlin in a bid to find a political solution to the conflict in violence hit Libya, Maas said.

“All foreign ministers present at the recent Libya conference in Berlin will meet again in mid March,” Maas told German broadcaster ZDF.

He vowed that Germany would work with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to craft a resolution so that countries breaking the UN weapons embargo would “have to expect consequences”.

On January 19, the Berlin meeting brought together representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council alongside those of Germany, Italy, Turkey, Algeria, Egypt, the UAE and the DRC as well as the European Union, African Union and Arab League.

The conferees agreed to tighten the arms embargo on Libya and shore up a shaky ceasefire between the forces of the Tripoli based government and the Benghazi based forces of Gen. Khalifa Haftar.

Regrettably, rival factions in this norther African country reportedly failed to stick to the truce and arms supplies continued nonstop.

Since the ouster of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: one in eastern Libya and another in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international recognition.

Source: Kuwait News Agency