Joint Statement by the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-YvesLe Drian, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enzo Moavero Milanesi (13 May, 2019)
At the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, we had a very positive and productive exchange of opinions that confirmed our convergence of views on international issues.
The stabilization of Libya has great relevance in ensuring both the regional security and that of Europe, but also in managing migration flows. We therefore reaffirm the importance of an immediate ceasefire and of resuming talks within the framework of the UN-led process with a view to allowing the Libyan people determine their own future by casting their vote in a democratic election. Improving the conditions of civilian populations is a priority and requires a humanitarian truce. The political process must be based on the principles and rules agreed upon at the Paris and Palermo conferences and in Abu Dhabi, which require that all the parties concerned unambiguously disassociate themselves from terrorist groups.
As regards Venezuela, our two countries, as members of the International Contact Group, reaffirm that a political solution is the only possible answer to the crisis. We firmly condemn any military action as well as any violation of the parliamentary immunity of the members of the National Assembly.