Libya: Foreign Affairs Council statement

The Council today discussed the situation in Libya and adopted the following statement:

The LNA military attack on Tripoli and the subsequent escalation in and around the capitalconstitutes a threat to international peace and security and further threatens the stability of Libya.

Furthermore, it enhances the risk of increased terrorist threat across the country.

The EU reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.

The EU calls on all parties to immediately implement a ceasefire and to engage with the UnitedNations to ensure a full and comprehensive cessation of hostilities. It also calls on them todissociate themselves both publicly and on the ground from terrorist and criminal elements involved in the fighting, and from those suspected of war crimes, including individuals listed by the UN Security Council.

The EU is deeply concerned at the loss of human life, the growing number of internally displacedpersons and the impact on migration flows. All parties must protect civilians, including migrantsand refugees, by allowing and facilitating a safe, rapid and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aidand services to all those affected, and as stipulated under the International Humanitarian Law andInternational Human Rights Law.

The EU recalls that indiscriminate attacks on densely populated residential areas may amount towar crimes. Those breaching International Humanitarian Law must be held to account.

The EU recalls that there is no military solution to the crisis in Libya and urges all parties to re-commit to the United Nations-facilitated political dialogue and work towards a comprehensivepolitical solution to the crisis in Libya as agreed in Paris in May 2018, in Palermo in November2018, and in Abu Dhabi in February 2019 in order to pave the way for holding the nationalelections.

The EU reaffirms its full support for the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). It urges all parties tofully respect the arms embargo and refrain from any actions that could further undermine the UN-facilitated political dialogue. It also urges them to engage constructively with the SRSG with the aim of achieving a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political solution through an inclusive politicalprocess, with the full participation of women, to bring security, political and economicsustainability, and national unity to Libya.

Source: Council of the European Union.