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 country.