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The four-organization meeting on Libya in Cairo

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Cairo

The Arab League, the European Union, the African Union, and the United Nations renewed their commitment to the Libyan stability, sovereignty, integrity, and the unity of institutions emanating from the Libyan Political Agreement (PA) that signed in Skhirat, confirming the need for peaceful settlement to the Libyan crisis, refusing intimidation or use of military power, and the foreign intervention.

In a joint communique, at the end of a quadrilateral meeting on Libya, held on Saturday in Cairo, discussed the Libyan crisis, the means to promote the efforts to facilitate the political process and the democratic transition, with the presence of Arab League General Secretary, Ahmed Abu Al-Gheit, the High Representative of the African Union to Libya, Jakaya Kikoty, the High Representative for the EU Foreign and Security Policy Affairs, Frederica Mogherini, and the United Nations representative to Libya, Martin Kobler.

The final statement firmly condemned the renewed violence and the attacks against the Oil Crescent Region that started early this month. It demanded an immediate halt to all military operations, refrain from actions that might further escalate the matters on the ground. The statement urged all Libyan factions to maintain the economic and oil infrastructure, stressing the need for a unified qualified National Oil Corporation, assuming its official duties, stressing that the Libyan oil and the national wealth should be used for the sake of all Libyans, through legal mechanisms.

The group expressed concern over the escalated violence in Tripoli, demanded the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to exert control over the city, by the Libyan political deal. It said that such events shouldn’t undermine steps taken by Libyan parties, supported by international and regional efforts, to formulate consensus to implement the Libyan accord.

The meeting decided to continue the efforts to push the Libyans to keep their commitments to the Libyan accord. They renewed the commitment to increase cooperation to promote the United Nations facilitated political process forward. The UN and other members are willing to support any mechanisms agreed by all Libyans, capable of solving unresolved issues.

The participants decided to increase the mutual efforts to encourage the process, to encourage all Libyans to join an active, inclusive political dialogue to resolve core issues and to implement the political accord. The statement praised the regional efforts to widen the reconciliation between all Libyans.

It also praised the EU role and efforts and welcomed the block support to the Libyan democratic transition to restore stability. The EU offered €120 million for the Libyan authorities to deal with the illegal migration crisis.

The meeting also stressed that there is no military solution to the Libyan conflict, the crisis could only be resolved via dialogue and commitment by all parties to solve difference within the Political Agreement.

The statement also praised the efforts that carried out by the African Union (AU), welcoming its decision to expand the AU senior committee on Libya, to include neighbor countries. The statement acknowledged the responsibility of the Arab League in encouraging the peaceful settlement in Libya, welcoming its continued efforts to push the Libyans to commit to the Libyan accord.

The four organizations stressed the need for the unified Libyan army under a unified command by the Political Agreement. It expressed the concern regarding the terrorist threats in Libya and neighbor countries.

They hailed Libyans determination to fight terrorism in the city of Sirte, Benghazi, and other places, stressing full support for anti-terrorism efforts. They agreed to increase the coordination between the initiatives and efforts that carried out by the members on security, especially border security, to develop the inclusive approach that meets the needs of the frontier authorities and communities.