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Berlin II Conference sees agreement on need for speedy political solution in Libya

The German capital hosted Berlin II Conference on Libya last Monday under the auspices of the United Nations in the presence of the countries that attended Berlin I last January, with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attending the talks.

The final statement welcomed the ongoing talks for managing oil revenues and distributing them fairly across Libya, urging authorities to carry out economic reform and unite financial institutions as well as speed up demilitarization of Sirte to become a headquarters for state institutions.

The statement called for ending oil blockade so that exports can be resumed. Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Libya’s future is at stake and called on all Libyans to continue to work towards a lasting ceasefire.

“I implore all of you to encourage and support the Libyan peace efforts facilitated by the United Nations – not only in words but in actions,” he continued, urging the “full and unconditional implementation” of a Security Council arms embargo on Libya.

“Violations by countries that continue to deliver arms and other military support to the combatants are a scandal and call into question the basic commitment to peace of all involved.” Guterres explained. 

In the meantime, the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Twitter that he “stands with Guterres and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in helping Libya chart its path toward peace.”

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