Wednesday 15 January 2020
Chancellor Angela Merkel, before the conservative party faction in parliament, explained her views on solving the Libyan crisis. Noting that she hopes during the Libyan conference in Berlin to confirm a regional and international commitment to arms embargo for the country torn by war for years.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her cautious optimism about the chances of the Berlin conference on Libya taking forward steps leading to a negotiated solution to the Libyan crisis. “It is time to consider whether we can make a decision at the highest political level,” Merkel said during the parliamentary bloc’s meeting of her Christian alliance in Berlin, according to what the participants in the meeting quoted German Chancellor as saying.
Yet, according to Merkel, the conference must be dealt with with very low expectations. The chancellor clarified that the goal behind the Libya conference, scheduled for next Sunday, is to commit all parties concerned to “the current arms embargo, which is always flagrantly violating,” in order to open the way to a political solution.
According to the sources, Merkel made it clear that the German government did not decide overnight to invite the Berlin conference, and she talked about a long process that the German government has documented for itself from many sides. Merkel stressed that “someday the time may come when we may be able to reach something.”
Merkel saw that there is a “good sign” represented by the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and representatives of the African Union to Berlin. And if something could get close to a ceasefire, “that would be good, too,” she said.
Merkel indicated that it has become clearer over the “Berlin process” regarding the Libyan crisis that foreign forces in the country will work not to return peace there, adding that “as long as military hardware continues to reach there, the military battles will not subside.” Merkel defended her government’s efforts to achieve a peaceful solution in Libya or the war on terrorism in the Sahel states, and said that the German government communicates in this regard with people that the government may not always agree with, in countries where there are major human rights concerns there, noting that the government Berlin represents German interests and cannot be satisfied with playing the role of scenes of the development of events, and she said that it is not permissible for those who see hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of people to flee or die, as happened in Syria for example, to wait for the same thing to happen in Libya.
For his part, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas expressed optimism about the possibility of reaching an agreement on Libya during the conference scheduled in Berlin, and said on the sidelines of the parliamentary bloc of his Social Democratic Party: “We have now reached a point where we believe we can reach such an agreement with all the participants, In such a conference. ” Mas added: “This conference is a condition that the solution in Libya is not military, but political.”
Mas said that in the meantime he reached with all concerned the text of an agreement within the “Berlin process” regarding the Libyan conflict, and “we intend to discuss this text again with all participants in this conference, and pass it, if we succeed in that.” And the German Foreign Minister considered that such an agreement “fulfills the condition that the parties to the civil war in Libya become, in the medium and long term, unable to carry out this military conflict”, and instead a political process under the supervision of the United Nations will begin.
It is noteworthy that Mass comment was conservative on the unsuccessful end of the talks in Moscow on the cease-fire in Libya, where he said only that the ceasefire was certainly beneficial, but that Sunday’s conference and the “Berlin process as a whole” are intended for the influential countries in Libya to agree on Not to provide military support to the warring parties in the future, and to achieve on this basis a ban on supplying any of the parties in Libya with weapons, thereby achieving a ceasefire, “Therefore, the negotiations that took place under the supervision of the Russian and Turkish side were certainly beneficial .. but” the Berlin process ” Much beyond that. “