EUBAM Libya Calls for Strengthening Cross-border Cooperation

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The European Union civilian border and security sector mission in Libya (EUBAM) said that representatives of Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, “consider cross-border cooperation as an important way to ensure border management.”

According to EUBAM, the representatives of the six countries have united at a regional conference in Tunis. They added that cross-border cooperation is also “a fundamental prerequisite to a successful strategy to counter complex cross-border challenges, such as terrorism and organised crime.”

EUBAM tweeted: “Now the focus turns to ensure that we remain actively engaged. EUBAM Libya’s priority is to continue this dialogue further with the countries of the region.”

Days ago, the European Union affirmed its support for the mediation process in Libya, and encourages a “consensual and inclusive solution, Libyan-led and Libyan-owned.”

This came during a speech delivered by the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Oliver Várhelyi on behalf of the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.

During a plenary session for the European Parliament on Monday, Várhelyi said “there is a large consensus that the only sustainable way forward is to encourage a consensual and inclusive solution, Libyan-led and Libyan-owned. This is in the best interest of the Libyan people, who deserve a stable, peaceful, and prosperous country.”

Várhelyi warned that Libya is “again in a dangerous political stalemate, after the hope and the progress thanks to the Berlin Process in 2021. As the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has been extended for one year, Special Envoy Abdoulaye Bathily can focus on establishing a strategy to resume a political framework for negotiations.”

He called for encouraging the different Libyan actors from all sides to enhance dialogue and reach a consensus. “The call on foreign forces to withdraw from Libya must also be translated into practice,” he affirmed.

Várhelyi pointed out that the European Union, along with the other international partners active in Libya, can make a difference by proactively supporting the mediation efforts.