EU Calls for Confronting Smuggling & Terrorism in Libya

EU Calls for Confronting Smuggling & Terrorism in Libya
EU Calls for Confronting Smuggling & Terrorism in Libya

The European Union (EU) delegation to Libya stressed the need to strengthen cross-border cooperation between Libya, and the countries of the Sahel region. As well as understanding how to confront smuggling, terrorism, and organized crime.”

The mission emphasized the need to “know how to meet the challenges of border management more effectively. This requires a high level of political participation, and a great deal of technical expertise.”

It pointed out that the border challenges led to the organization of the first regional conference on cross-border cooperation in Tunis.

The conference brought together representatives from six countries, namely Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. The mission confirmed that it “provided a valuable opportunity to understand the challenges of border management, that affect the local and regional levels.”

On Wednesday, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell said that “there is no room for optimism that a possible agreement on elections in Libya would be reached soon.”

Addressing an EU Parliament session, Borrell said that the Bloc and its international partners “can make a difference by proactively supporting mediation efforts. In addition to urging all Libyan parties to enhance dialogue and reach consensus over the constitutional basis for elections.”

The EU official stressed the need to withdraw all mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya. “We all also must support the work of the UN Envoy and Libyan stakeholders to outline a new joint roadmap towards elections. There is broad consensus on the dire need to reach a Libyan-led inclusive solution to the current political stalemate” Borrell noted.

The EU official hoped that the UN Envoy to Libya Abdoulaye Bathily would be able to “create a new positive dynamic for all Libyan actors to work together,” stressing that he should “also focus on developing a strategy to resume a political framework for negotiations. This requires building a coherent umbrella for the political process in Libya, with the support of the European Union.”

Borrell indicated that the European Union has previously proposed sending an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Libya. This is to oversee the Parliamentary and Presidential elections. He reiterated that this offer was still available.

He stressed that the UN “has to be working on the ground, with stronger coordination with the European Union, to put an end to the Libyan crisis.”

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