Published: June 13, 2020
ABU DHABI –The United Arab Emirates and France expressed their support for the Egyptian initiative aimed at ensuring a ceasefire between Libya’s warring factions and engaging a peaceful settlement process for the conflict in the North African country.
The initiative announced by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi last Saturday continues to receive support from various Arab and Western countries.
During phone talks Friday Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and French President Emmanuel Macron, renewed their backing for the recent Cairo Declaration calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and resumption of political consultations to put an end to the military showdown.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Macron stressed, in their phone call, the need for an immediate ceasefire and the return to the political process under the auspices of the UN and in conformity with the steps agreed upon by the international community during the Berlin Conference on Libya, last January.
The two leaders exchanged views over the latest developments in the Gulf region, Middle East and the Mediterranean Sea. The global fight against COVID-19 pandemic and the two countries’ efforts to contain its fallout on various fronts were discussed as well during the call.
According to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, “Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Macron discussed the latest developments in the region, with a special emphasis on the Libyan crisis”.
UAE and France welcomed the resumption of dialogue between the disputing parties in Libya as part of the Libyan Joint Military Commission.
“The two leaders agreed on the importance of resolving the crisis through peaceful means and expressed their support for the recent Cairo Declaration calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and resuming the political consultations to put an end to the ongoing military conflict”, WAM added.
“They also concurred on the importance of all parties showing full commitment to the political process under the auspices of the UN and the Berlin Conference on Libya in a way that ensures the country’s unity, preserves its resources, and guarantees its people’s rights to development, stability and peace”.
The Egyptian initiative called for a ceasefire, which was not respected by the Turkish backed- forces loyal to Tripoli’s Government of National Accord (GNA). It also called for the removal of foreign mercenaries and dismantling of militias in Libya.
The “Cairo Declaration” aims to ensure fair representation of all three regions of Libya, in a presidential council elected under UN supervision, for the first time in the history of the country.
Turkey’s opposition to the Egyptian initiative has encouraged the GNA, led by Fayez al-Sarraj, to turn down the Egyptian initiative and continue the pursuit of the military option.
The French President also held telephone talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah El-Sisi about the “Cairo Declaration”.
Egypt’s Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady said that the French President welcomed the Cairo Declaration and stressed its importance in promoting a political solution to the Libyan crisis that is consistent with UN resolutions and international positions on the issue.
“The two presidents agreed to intensify their coordination in the coming period, stressing the necessity to end the Libyan crisis by reaching a political solution that paves the way for the return of security and stability in the country”, Rady said in a statement.
The two presidents agreed to continue joint coordination regarding implementation of the ideas included in the initiative.
The foreign ministers of France, Germany and Italy as well as the EU’s High Representative Josep Borrell endorsed last Tuesday the ceasefire in Libya included in the Egyptian initiative
The EU’s diplomatic chief and the foreign ministers urged all parties fighting in Libya to stop military operations immediately and respect a ceasefire.
The European ministers also insisted on the need to “engage constructively in the 5+5 negotiations” in reference to a joint military commission that helped broker a ceasefire announced in Cairo earlier this month. source