The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, co-chaired a ministerial meeting on Libya, in New York, with the Foreign Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany, Heiko Maas, and the French Republic, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The meeting was attended by UN Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, Foreign Affairs Ministers and representatives of Member States and Regional Organisations participating in the Berlin Process, as well as Libya's neighbouring countries.
The participants unanimously stressed the need for the international community to continue supporting the Libyan political process, and in particular to encourage the preparation and conduct of free, fair and inclusive parliamentary and presidential elections, according to the roadmap agreed by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum. It is therefore essential that all the actors involved, both domestic and international, work together to find shared and lasting political and institutional solutions, in particular by overcoming the uncertainties that still exist regarding the legal framework for holding the elections.
At the same time, the participants stressed the need for the implementation of all the provisions of the ceasefire reached on 23 October – including the exit from the country of all foreign fighting forces and mercenaries – without delay, in order to achieve consolidated security conditions in the country and the entire region.
During the meeting, there was a shared hope for the rapid adoption of the Security Council resolution extending the mandate of UNSMIL (United Nations Support Mission in Libya), to allow it to become fully operational at a crucial juncture of the Libyan transition.