EU advises on engagement in Libya

Libya, about dts
Libya, about dts
Following the recent peace efforts in Libya, EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell plans to hold a video conference between the 27 defense ministers and the member states this coming Friday to discuss possible European engagements in the civil war country.

The responsible EU ambassadors in the so-called Standing Committee of the Member States (ASTV) were informed of this last week, reports “Welt” (Monday edition). According to a newspaper report, a note in the minutes of the meeting of ambassadors reads: “The High Representative (Borrell) plans to address developments in Libya, focusing in particular on a possible role for the EU in supporting a United Nations (UN)-led ceasefire -Monitoring mechanism works ".

What this “possible role of the EU” could look like in concrete terms is still completely open. According to the newspaper, senior EU diplomats said that in addition to purely financial support for UN surveillance activities or the provision of data from sea and air reconnaissance, the deployment of armed and unarmed European soldiers as military observers under a UN mandate is conceivable would. Background: Last Friday, 75 representatives from Libya agreed during talks in Tunisia to hold elections on December 24, 2021. It will be a "crucial day in the history of Libya" because the people will then be able to democratically elect their leaders, said UN special envoy Stephanie Williams. A good three weeks ago (October 23), the civil war parties had already agreed a ceasefire after years of bitter fighting. Civil war has raged in Libya since the overthrow of long-term ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011. For some years now, other states have also been involved in the conflict. The government troops are supported by Turkey, their opponent, General Khalifa Haftar, in turn by Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.