Libya, a new start

Libya, a new start

There is good news today, finally: the Libyan parties have signed an agreement they have been working on for over a year. The deal aims at forming a national unity government and end the crisis that has paralysed Libya for too long, with terrible consequences for the Libyan people, first of all, but also for neighbouring countries and for us, Europeans. It is a starting point, as the road ahead will be long and tough. They will need to do all they can to keep this process as inclusive and open as possible, so to widen the support and participation to the country’s future government. The Libyans will have the international community on their side, starting with the European Union, as it happened at the Rome conference last Sunday. This is what I discussed with the 28 Heads of State and Government who gathered in Brussels for the European Council, minutes after the deal was signed. I also updated them on the work we are already carrying on to make this support concrete within days. Now I am flying to New York, where the international support group for Syria will meet tomorrow morning – for the third time in just a few weeks: together with John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov and the other ministers we will work to start off negotiations between government and opposition in the...

Remarks by Federica Mogherini on arrival to the European Council

Check against delivery. We talked and we will talk about migration, but let me start with something that today gives us a smile at least.  Finally. The agreement in Skhirat, the Libyan political agreement was just signed. That is good news. So let me start with that which is also linked to migration, to counter-terrorism, with all the things we have on the agenda. Let me say that the signature that just took place in Skhirat few moments ago is, first of all, the result of a long, difficult diplomatic process. First of all of the Libyans themselves and let me congratulate them, first and foremost. And let me say to all the Libyans that are not at the signing today that this process has to stay open, inclusive and I hope, I wish that all Libyan parties, all Libyan representatives can join in the near future to make this a good starting point for the country that has something to be proud of today. But, again, it is a starting point. The problems will not be solved from a day to another, but it is a good starting point. And the European Union is ready to support: to support Libya, to support the Libyan people in these difficult times. Let me also say that today I will stay in the [European] Council only for a very short time, because I am flying to New York where, tomorrow morning, we will have a meeting of the Syria talks together with my colleagues in the International [Syria] Support Group. Also there, I hope we will have good news, also related...
A partnership of interests, a partnership of values

A partnership of interests, a partnership of values

We had an intense and important day yesterday. At the Foreign Affairs Council, we met with the UN Special Envoy for Libya, Martin Kobler, to define the next steps after the Rome conference. We also hosted the Turkish Foreign Minister to discuss Syria, Iraq, Libya, and the fight against terrorism. Here the video of my press conference at the end of the Council. It was also a day of relevant meetings, before and after the Council: the bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Belarus; the Association Council with Morocco; and the opening of the first two chapters of the negotiation on EU membership with Serbia, and of one chapter with Turkey. It is everyday more obvious that we need to cooperate, in dealing with migration flows as well as preventing terrorism. We need an always closer integration of our policies and of our tools. And we need to get closer on how we define our values, the true foundation of our...

Ministerial Meeting for Libya Joint Communique

Rome, Italy December 13, 2015 We affirm our full support for the Libyan people in maintaining the unity of Libya and its institutions that function for the benefit of the whole Country. A Government of National Accord based in the capital Tripoli is urgently needed to provide Libya the means to maintain governance, promote stability and economic development. We stand with all Libyans who have demanded the swift formation of a Government of National Accord based upon the Skhirat Agreement, including representatives of the majority members of the House of Representatives and General National Congress, Independents, Municipalities, political parties, and civil society who convened in Tunis on December 10-11. We welcome the announcement that the Libya political dialogue members will sign the political agreement in Skhirat on December 16. We encourage all political actors to sign this final agreement on December 16 and call on all Libyans to unite behind the Libya Political Agreement and the Government of National Accord. We reiterate our strong commitment to Libya’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and social cohesion, and reject any foreign interference in Libya. We stand behind the Libyan people’s efforts to transform Libya into a secure, democratic, prosperous and unified state, where all its people can be reconciled, State authority and the rule of law are restored. We commend the efforts by the neighboring countries, the African Union, the League of Arab States, and the European Union to contribute to achieving these goals. A Government of National Accord is essential to address, in partnership with the international community, the country’s critical humanitarian, economic, and security challenges, including ISIL and other extremist groups and...