Libya – Q&A from the press briefing (9 October 2020)


Q: A second round of the inter-Libyan dialogue between the delegations of the High Council of State and the House of Representatives took place in Bouznika in Morocco (October 2 to 6). According to the Libyan delegations, progress has been made by the parties toward reaching a comprehensive agreement on the criteria for the selection of sovereign positions.

What is France’s assessment of this process organized under UN auspices with Moroccan mediation?

A: France welcomes Morocco’s continued efforts to relaunch the political process in Libya through the initiatives to facilitate dialogue between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State in Bouznika. Morocco’s involvement is a major contribution to the UN’s efforts to relaunch inter-Libyan dialogue. The initiatives to promote inclusive political discussions in Libya, notably those by the countries in the region, are key to resolving the crisis.

There can be no military solution to the Libyan conflict: It will be a political solution involving Libya’s neighboring countries. These countries are the most affected by the risks posed by the Libyan crisis to regional security and stability: Their role in relation to the Libyan actors is therefore crucial and can act as a stabilizing force, unlike the foreign interference by external powers.