Libya-Crisis: Cairo declaration calls on protagonists to show "flexibility" in ongoing negotiations in Tunisia | Tunisia News Gazette

Libya-Crisis: Cairo declaration calls on protagonists to show “flexibility” in ongoing negotiations in Tunisia

Foreign Ministers of Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria, respectively Khemaies Jhinaoui, Sameh Chokri and Abdelkader Mesahel, urged all the protagonists of the Libyan crisis to ban violence, any bellicose speech and any other escalation.

In the Cairo declaration of support for a comprehensive settlement in Libya, made public at the end of the tripartite meeting Wednesday in Cairo, the ministers stressed the importance of progress in the shortest possible time in the process of settlement, a prelude to the holding of legislative and presidential elections ending the transition in Libya.

The ministers warned against a political or security vacuum that will only benefit “terrorist organisations, parties wishing to trample on the political process to exploit the situation in Libya for their own interests”.

They urged the protagonists of the Libyan crisis to show “flexibility” in the current negotiations in Tunisia, to find useful compromises, while stressing the importance of placing Libyan national interests above all consideration.

The three ministers agreed to continue their consultations and to hold their next meeting in Tunisia, whose date will be set later.

Jhinaoui, Chokri and Mesahel warned of the deterioration of the security situation in this sisterly country and its repercussions on the daily lives of Libyan citizens, stressing the importance of continuing security coordination and exchange of information as well as the consolidation of cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

In this regard, they commended the tripartite initiative for the settlement of the crisis, two of which were held on February 20, 2017 in Tunis and June 5-6 in Algiers, as well as efforts and the political settlement plan proposed by the UN special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salama.

The Ministers also reviewed the efforts of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia to bring together the views of the various parties to the conflict and encourage them to adhere to the efforts of the United Nations, while reaffirming the importance of the role of Libya’s neighbours in resolving the crisis in that country, on the way to restoring its security and stability.

They emphasised the constant positions of their countries that preside over their joint action to resolve the Libyan crisis, including the preservation of the unity and security of Libya, the commitment to political dialogue as the only basis to the solution of the crisis and the refusal of any foreign intervention or resort to the military option.

Source: TAP News Agency

"The Mediterranean countries, including Tunisia, are called upon to adapt their water resources management policies
"The Mediterranean countries, including Tunisia, are called upon to adapt their water resources management policies
Sfax's Navy Customs units searched on Friday off Sfax's coast a Panama-flagged vessel filled with
Sfax's Navy Customs units searched on Friday off Sfax's coast a Panama-flagged vessel filled with
President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Suma Chakrabarti is visiting Tunisia