AU PSC endorses conclusions of meeting of Libya's neighboring countries in Algiers

APS - 02 October 2021

ADDIS ABABA-The participants in the 1035th the Ministerial meeting of African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) expressed appreciation for Algeria's "continued efforts" to restore peace and security in Libya, and endorsed the conclusions of the Ministerial meeting of Libya's neighbouring countries held in late August in Algiers.

The AU PSC "endorsed the conclusions of the Ministerial meeting of Libya's neighboring countries, held on 30 and 31 August 2021, in Algeria, and expresses appreciation for Algeria's continued efforts towards the restoration of peace and stability and the achievement of national reconciliation in Libya," said PSC communiqué released ahead of the African Union (AU) 1035th Ministerial meeting held on 30 September 2021 on the projected impact of withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya on the Sahel and the rest of Africa.

The PSC appealed "for support from the international community on the planned Libyan National Reconciliation Conference to be organized by the AU in full coordination with the neighboring countries," stressing the need for participation of all the neighbouring countries of Libya in all efforts with a view to enhancing cooperation and coordination of efforts towards supporting peace process in the country," said the source.

The AU body also welcomed "the positive political progress marked in Libya towards the unification of the country's security institutions since the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement on 23 October 2020," stressing that the situation in Libya and its borders "remain volatile, exacerbated by the presence and activities of the foreign forces and mercenaries."

In this regard, it called for "an immediate and full withdrawal of all foreign forces/foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya with a view to creating space for national peacebuilding and conflict resolution processes."