Libya – Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (18.12.17)


Q - Can the inter-Libyan political agreement signed in Skhirat still serve as a framework for national reconciliation when one of the protagonists of the crisis, General Haftar, believes that it is obsolete?

A - France is continuing to talk with all parties, including General Haftar, to urge them to implement, in a spirit of responsibility and peace, the action plan promoted by Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salamé.

I want to remind you that the Security Council adopted, on December 14, a presidential statement reaffirming the validity of the inter-Libyan agreement signed in Skhirat and the international community’s support for Ghassan Salamé’s mission to implement it, in coordination with all Libyan political forces.

This inclusive political process will make it possible to strengthen the Libyan institutions, unify the armed forces and bring them under civilian control, relaunch the political process and put an end to the crisis.

The murder of the mayor of Misrata, whom Jean-Yves Le Drian had met with on September 4 during his visit to Libya, confirmed once again yesterday the urgent need for a political solution. We condemn this cowardly act targeted against a figure known for being moderate and extend our condolences to his family.