UK Welcomes the Cairo Declaration and Calls for Urgent Resumption of 5+5 Talks – Al Marsad

The British Foreign Office welcomed the Cairo Declaration launched by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in presence of Speaker of the Libyan Parliament Chancellor Aguila Saleh and Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Haftar to resolve the Libya crisis.

(Libya, 7 June 2020) – The Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa James Cleverley praised the efforts made by Egypt to encourage the Libyan leaders in the eastern region to support the ceasefire provided the UN oversees the implementation of such move.

He noted the need for the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) to engage urgently in the talks of the Libyan 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), stressing that it is the path to a comprehensive solution.

Cairo Declaration: Sisi Launches Initiative for a Comprehensive Solution to Libya Conflict

ARAB AND INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

The “Cairo Declaration” launched on Saturday by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to pave the way for normalization of life in Libya was greatly welcomed by Arab and international parties, as several countries supported the efforts to put an end to the military conflict and resort to dialogue between all Libyan parties.

(Libya, 7 June 2020) – Immediately after the announcement was made at a joint press conference of the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Libya’s Speaker Chancellor Aguila Saleh, and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the Foreign Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan described it a “significant breakthrough” consistent with the international initiatives.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also welcomed the Cairo Declaration and the Egyptian President’s call for a ceasefire in Libya reiterating its full support to all international efforts to stop conflicts in Libya and return to negotiations. It asserted the need to ensure Libya’s integrity and protection against external interference.

For its part, the United Arab Emirates issued a statement announcing its support to the Egyptian efforts, which it described as “benevolent”, to revive the political path and declare a ceasefire. It commended the sincere, persistent and commendable endeavors led by Egyptian diplomacy as hued by a high sense of Arab responsibility.

The Kingdom of Bahrain also hailed the Egyptian initiative to resolve the Libyan crisis by pushing all rivals to start a serious dialogue, adding, in the words of Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Advisor to the King of Bahrain for Diplomatic Affairs in a tweet, that the Cairo Declaration is an important step that brings together all parties in Libya to work for the kickoff of a serious dialogue that unites national efforts to reach a historic agreement.

In Europe, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian congratulated Egypt for its efforts in the Libyan issue, praising the results achieved towards the immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of negotiations within the framework of the Joint Military Committee 5+5 and a rapid ceasefire that guarantees the departure of foreign mercenaries from Libya.

For its part, the United States of America welcomed the Egyptian efforts to support the return to the UN-led political negotiations and the declaration of a ceasefire, calling on all parties to engage in good faith in the ceasefire and return to negotiations.

Through its embassy in Cairo, Russia also welcomed the Egyptian initiative, which it described as “important”, praising all efforts aimed at settling the conflict and restoring peace through the Libyan territory.

Greece‘s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has welcomed Egypt’s initiative to mediate for peace in civil-war-torn Libya. “We welcome Egypt’s new initiative to resolve the Libyan Gordian knot,” said the ministry’s sunday announcement says. “(The initiative) highlights the basic principles of the international community as enshrined in UN Security Council resolutions and the Berlin Conclusions, namely respect for the unity, integrity and independence of Libya.”

Dr. Meshaal Al-Sulami, President of the Arab Parliament, welcomed the Cairo Declaration geared to resolve the Libyan crisis and preserve Libya’s unity and stability, stressing that this declaration is a road map for a political solution in Libya that will end the infighting and remove mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya.

For its part, the League of Arab States (LAS), through its Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, welcomed the Egyptian initiative to end the Libyan crisis, expressing its support for ending the conflict and returning to political negotiations.

The Cairo Declaration includes proposals to declare a ceasefire throughout Libya starting Monday 8 June 2020 and renews the call for the resumption of the 5+5 peace negotiations in Geneva under the UN auspices.

It also requires all foreign parties to remove their mercenaries from Libya, dismantle militias, and surrender their weapons so that the Libyan National Army (LNA) can carry out its security tasks.

The initiative provides for the formation of an elected presidential council, while ensuring fair representation for Libya’s three regions, to administer governance, conduct fair elections, and distribute wealth fairly and transparently among all citizens, stressing the need to adopt a constitutional declaration to regulate the political process in the conflict-ravaged country.

© Al Marsad English (2020)

 

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