Libya - Q&A from the press briefing (16 January 2020)


Q: Will the MoU signed by Libya and Turkey on maritime areas be discussed at the Berlin summit on Libya scheduled for this Sunday?

A: The goal of the international conference on the security and political situation in Libya, to be held on January 19 in Berlin, will be to solidify the international consensus needed for a lasting end to the crisis in Libya, and to end the foreign influences fueling the escalation of this conflict.

France fully supports this initiative, in order for the truce announced on January 12 to lead to a lasting cessation of hostilities, and for a genuine political process under the auspices of the UN and a dialogue between the Libyan parties, with assistance from the African Union, to get under way.

With respect to the memorandum of understanding between Turkey and the Libyan government on demarcating maritime boundaries, Jean-Yves Le Drian has reiterated that this is a subject of major concern. The European Council expressed itself very clearly on this subject at the European Council of December 12 and 13. This agreement directly undermines the interests and sovereign rights of EU member states, in particular Cyprus and Greece, and is not in compliance with the Law of the Sea. I also refer you to the communique issued following the meeting of foreign ministers of Egypt, France, Cyprus, and Greece on January 8.