Declaration on Libyan crisis - The Libyan Report

Declaration on Libyan crisis

By Fayez Mustafa Al-Sarraj

The Presidency Council follows up the efforts being exerted by several countries in pursuit of reaching a political settlement and a peaceful solution to the current Libyan crisis.

In this context, the Council commends the role played by the Federal Republic of Germany at the present juncture with the purpose of holding an international conference which gathers all the parties concerned with the Libyan File. The Council, however, wishes to emphasize the following points as constant guidelines for its policies:

— It is imperative that the Libyan Political Agreement and the bodies emanating from its implementation be adhered to as a basic frame of reference for any form of dialogue or agreement, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions, with immediate cessation of any dealings with the parallel institutions to the Government of National Accord (GNA).

— Any talk about a Cease Fire must be associated with the withdrawal of the attacking forces to where they came from, without any preconditions.

— The Council renews its emphasis that there was no agreement made in Abu Dhabi, as being circulated. The said meeting was simply consultative in nature, held under the auspices of the United Nations. The only Agreement was the one reached in Paris, stipulating that elections would be held on specific dates. The Palermo Agreement lent further support to what was agreed upon in Paris. The other party, however, never committed to those agreements.

— A political solution can only be reached through the United Nations Plan which calls for the convening for an inclusive National Conference, as was planned in the city of Ghadames, on the 14th of last April. That endeavor was undermined by the aggression on Tripoli, and the attempted coup on the legitimate government. In fact, this course of action is commensurate with the initiative proposed by the President of the Presidency Council, in which he advocated for the convening of a General Conference, through which agreement can be reached on a constitutional basis providing the foundation for holding concomitant presidential and parliamentary elections.

— There can be no talk about the establishment of a National Security Council outside the framework of the Political Agreement, and before putting an end to all parallel bodies, as well as accepting that the Military Establishment be placed under the civilian authority of the Presidency Council of GNA.

— Emphasis on the fact that the National Oil Corporation (NOC), located in Tripoli, is the only legitimate institution, under direct supervision of GNA, as indicated in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council.

— It is an absolute necessity that all states concerned with the Libyan situation be enabled to participate in international conferences and meetings searching for a political solution to the Libyan crisis, without exclusion, as being witnessed in the preparatory meetings for the forthcoming Berlin conference.

In conclusion, the Presidency Council emphasizes its intent to vanquish the war criminal and his militias. Furthermore, it will not accept any form of dialogue except with those who believe in the establishment of civilian, democratic state, peaceful transition of authority, whose hands have not been tarnished by Libyan blood, and have not committed crimes of war, or violations against humanity.

Fayez Mustafa Al-Sarraj is the president of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya.