AU Contact Group Calls For Libyan Parties To Agree On Ceasefire


The Contact Group of the African Union High Level Committee on Libya called on the parties to the conflict in Libya to respect the arms embargo and announce an immediate ceasefire.

The Committee also reiterated its support for the outcomes of the Berlin Conference.
However, it noted that the commitments made at that Conference have neither been respected, nor implemented.

These remarks came in a statement issued by the members of the Contact Group during their meeting on the situation in Libya.

The meeting was held upon the invitation of the Presidents of South Africa, Congo, Egypt, and Algeria’s Prime Minister, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chad.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, H.E Smaïl Chergui, and the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and Head of UNOAU, H.E Hanna Tetteh also participated in the meeting.

During the meeting, they expressed their deep concern over the political deadlock in Libya and the serious deterioration of the security situation in the country.

They also stressed their full solidarity with the Libyan people, reaffirming their commitment to maintain the unity and territorial integrity of Libya.

The Contact Group condemned the numerous attacks on hospitals and vital facilities in Libya, calling on the warring parties to comply with International Humanitarian Law and to take the necessary measures to protect civilians.

It also announced that it would spare no efforts to convince the parties to reengage in political dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations.