Algeria Praises AU Efforts on Libya’s Reconciliation


Algeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated its support for the efforts made by the President of Congo Brazzaville, Denis Sassou Nguesso, who Chairs the African Union High-Level Committee on Libya.

It said in a statement, on Wednesday, it stated that Nguesso’s efforts “provide the necessary conditions for the success of national reconciliation in Libya.”

President Nguesso received Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, who handed him a written note from Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Nguesso expressed his appreciation for Tebboune’s efforts, which “reflect Algeria’s commitment to strengthening joint African action, within the framework of the African Union.”

On Sunday, the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki affirmed that the “national reconciliation file constitutes the main step toward elections in Libya.”

During the preparatory meeting for the National Reconciliation Conference in Libya, Faki said, “We will always be with Libya, which has a pioneering role in establishing the African Union. The AU will be grief-stricken if the presence of foreign forces continues on Libyan territory.”

He added that “the way to solve the crisis is through national reconciliation, not sharing positions and power.”

The Libyan Presidential Council’s (PC) Chairman, Mohamed Al-Mnifi called for pressure to be placed “on all political bodies in Libya in order to achieve comprehensive national reconciliation between all parties.” He also stressed the need to “approve the constitutional basis, in order to achieve the aspirations of the Libyan people in holding elections. Ignoring reconciliation and power-sharing has further complicated the Libyan scene. The solution to the Libyan crisis lies in restoring the spirit of the homeland, and the principle of reparation.”

Al-Mnifi also reaffirmed that the PC “is still equidistant from all parties, and was never a party to the struggle for power in Libya.”

Last month, Lamamra held talks with the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Bankole Adeoye. This was to discuss regional political and security files in the African continent, with a special focus on Libya.

During the meeting, which was held in the coastal city of Oran, they reviewed the latest political developments in Libya, and ways to restore the constitutional order.

They also highlighted the AU’s readiness, along with Algeria, to reach solutions that support peace and security in the region.

Lamamra indicated that the only way out of the Libyan crisis is “by holding prompt elections, and to give the floor to the Libyan people. This is in order to build a foundation for a democratic state.”