Agenzia Nova: Germany and UN Working on a 51-Point Document for Berlin II – Al Marsad

A new report says that Italy has embarked  silent diplomatic moves to support the success of the Berlin II Conference on Libya, with the participation of the main international and national delegates involved in the Libyan crisis.

(LIBYA, 20 June 2021) – According to a report by Italy’s Agenzia Nova, some Libyan political leaders, such as the chairman of the Presidential Council Mohamed al-Menfi, are expected to go Italy in the coming days to hold talks.

ITALY SEEKS TO SUPPORT ELECTIONS AND REMOVAL OF ALL FOREIGN FORCES

A well-informed source confirmed to Agenzia Nova that the results of this visit will be judged after Berlin II. The Rome government was said to seek to send a strong message of support for the Libyan political process, to converge views, and agree on the constitutional basis necessary to organize the elections of 24 December 2021. This election date was set within the framework of the roadmap sponsored by the UN. Rome is keen to blocking the path for those who wish to maintain the status quo.

Italy’s other goal is to encourage the Libyan authorities to strongly demand the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces from the country, initiate national reconciliation, and the preservation of Libyan unity.

Al-Menfi is said to meet with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace on Tuesday 22 June 22, on the eve of the Berlin II conference. He will also meet with Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

BERLIN II

Berlin II will be held on 23 June upon invitation of the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in the presence of senior representatives of the governments of Algeria, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (chairman of the African Union), Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, and Libya.

Also, there will be representatives of Morocco, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, and the US, in addition to representatives of the UN, the African Union, the EU and the League of Arab States.

51-POINT DOCUMENT 

According to Agenzia Nova, German diplomats and the UN are working on a final 51-point document that is still the subject of intense negotiations, along with an assessment on progress made since Berlin I on 19 January 2020, particularly on the cessation of hostilities, maintaining ceasefire, lifting the oil embargo, forming an interim government and granting it confidence by the House of Representatives.

DECEMBER ELECTIONS, FOREIGN FORCES, MIGRANT CENTERS

Berlin II is expected to call on all the parties to encourage exerting more effort to hold the Presidential and Parliamentary elections on their scheduled date of 24 December 2021, and to allow the mutual, coordinated, and sequential withdrawal of foreign forces, starting with foreign mercenaries, from Libya, as well as the application and respect of the UN sanctions against those who violate the arms embargo or cease-fire.

The final statement will also state the importance of establishing unified Libyan military forces under a unified civilian authority, as well as accelerating the dismantling of the armed groups and militias, and the integration of qualified individuals into the state’s civil, and military institutions.

Concerning the migrants file, the final statement is expected to call on the Libyan authorities to close detention centers for migrants and asylum seekers and to ensure that immigration and asylum legislation is consistent with international law and internationally recognized principles.

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)