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World Conference on Libya: Advances in the withdrawal of foreign forces

23:30  23 june  2021
23:30  23 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Heiko Maas et Najla al-Mangoush à Berlin, le 23 juin 2021. © AFP - Michael Sohn Heiko Maas and Najla Al-Mangoush in Berlin, June 23, 2021.

A second Libya conference was held on Wednesday again In Berlin, 18 months after the previous one, with twenty countries and international organizations including the transitional government in place in Tripoli. Two objectives were on the menu, the holding of the planned elections at the end of December and the withdrawal of foreign forces. On this second file, progress has been announced.

with our correspondent in Berlin, Pascal Thibault

"All foreign forces and mercenaries must be removed without delay." The release published after the conference is clear and resumes the terms of the previous meeting in January 2020 as those taken during the ceasefire agreement between the two camps in the presence last fall. All commitments that have not been followed by effects. A footnote in the statement specifies that Turkey issues reserves on this formulation.

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the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Transition Government Najla Al-Mangoush , however, announced a concrete advance: "We hope that the mercenaries of the two parties involved will be withdrawn in the coming days, an encouraging sign that will be followed by D Other steps.

The German Foreign Minister, whose country was home for the second time a meeting on Libya, welcomed this concrete step forward, the reason for the confirmation of the holding of the elections at the end of December of the conference of Berlin. Heiko Maas stated that this withdrawal of mercenaries had to respect the fragile balance between the two camps: "This withdrawal must be gradually and balanced between the parties involved. If one of them quickly removed its strengths and the other no, it would create a situation where an actor would have a military superiority that could give him bad ideas. The United Nations estimate that about 20,000 foreign soldiers and mercenaries are in Libya.

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