Libya - Q&A from the press briefing (14 Jan. 2020)

Q: What is the position of French diplomats on the Turkish and Russian efforts in the Libyan conflict?

A: JI refer you to the reply given by Jean-Yves Le Drian in his interview with the daily Sud-Ouest yesterday: the instability and chaos in Libya are due to clashes between militias, the instability and, all sorts of trafficking, the pillaging of resources that are supposed to benefit all Libyans, and growing interference from foreign powers. Things cannot remain as they are.

We are in close contact with our European partners and we agree on certain principles: there will be no military solution or any solution that is exempt from international law, or any solution that comes about via the intervention of foreign countries using Libya as a battleground. On this basis, an international conference will be held in Berlin and will be attended by the most important Libyan and international actors, including the UN and the African Union. It is a good initiative, enabling the announced truce to lead to a lasting cessation of hostilities and allowing a genuine political process and dialogue among the Libyan parties to get under way.