France urges Libya’s warring parties to implement earlier accords

PARIS, France on Wednesday again urged the protagonists in Libya to implement agreements they arrived at in a number of conferences, and notably the talks held in Abu Dhabi last February.

The Abu Dhabi agreement was due to be finalised in March and set out the procedures for UN involvement in moving the Libyan political process forward, with the aim of holding elections before the end of the year.

A French Foreign Ministry official here said “France regrets that the Abu Dhabi agreement was unable to be finalized in March,” an agreement that fell apart over the role of militias in Tripoli.

“France’s stance is well known and unwavering: only a political solution under the authority of the UN will make it possible to end the conflict in Libya,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von Der Muhll in a briefing.

Following regular complaints from Tripoli that France is supporting the military strongman, “Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, who is trying to take control of Tripoli, the spokeswoman noted that Paris backs the National Unity Government of Fayez Sarraj.

“France supports (Fayez) Sarraj’s government of national accord. It maintains a dialogue with all the parties, urging them to resume negotiations and to accept an immediate and unconditional ceasefire,” von Der Muhll affirmed.

The Libyan Prime Minister was in Paris May 8 for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in an attempt to clear the air and dispel strong suspicions that there was a rift between the two men.

“The political process, on which France is working relentlessly with its partners, and especially the Europeans, must be based on the principles and rules that were agreed to at the Paris, Palermo and Abu Dhabi conferences. All the Libyan stakeholders must assume their responsibilities and implement their commitments,” the Foreign Ministry official stressed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency