Libyan Crisis: 33rd AU Summit Calls for Political and Peaceful Settlement in Accordance with Skhirat Agreement

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The 33rd summit of the African Union (AU)
The 33rd summit of the African Union (AU), which ended Tuesday in Addis Ababa, called for a political and peaceful settlement of the Libyan crisis in accordance with the 2015 Skhirat Agreement.

In a decision adopted at the end of its proceedings, the summit of African heads of State and government "calls for the strengthening of efforts, including a permanent ceasefire, to find a political and peaceful solution to the conflict in Libya, in accordance with the provisions of the agreement signed by the Libyan parties in 2015 in Skhirat, Morocco".

In another decision, the AU summit called on the United Nations through its Security Council to fully assume its responsibilities in ensuring that the arms embargo in force in Libya "is effectively implemented and monitored as part of the efforts to end the fighting and create the necessary conditions for a permanent ceasefire in accordance with the relevant provisions of the political Agreement signed by the Libyans in Skhirat in 2015".

At the Addis Ababa summit, Morocco, through minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, reaffirmed that the Libyan crisis can only be resolved by the Libyans themselves.

The solution to this crisis can only be political, Bourita said at a press conference, warning that foreign intervention is "the main factor complicating the problem".

The Skhirat dialogue "is the only forum that has never been considered as an international conference on Libya unlike all the other meetings held afterwards," he noted, adding that Skhirat has been a framework for dialogue among Libyans.

"Morocco refuses to turn Libya into a laboratory or a diplomatic goodwill," Bourita lamented, adding that in Skhirat, the Libyans had shown their ability to come up with solutions.

"Morocco draws its credibility from the fact that it has no agenda in Libya. Libya, for Morocco, is a factor of stability in the North African and Maghreb region," he said.



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