Situation in Libya
Press conference given by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, following the European Council
Brussels, August 30, 2014
THE PRESIDENT – We talked about Libya. At the Ambassadors’ Conference, I called for referral to the United Nations of the appeal launched by the Libyan Parliament, the sole legitimate one, for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in Libya. In what form? Firstly, helping rebuild the Libyan state and also combating the terrorist groups which are destabilizing the country. But not just Libya – the whole of West Africa and even Central Africa, because there are links between all the terrorist groups, especially Boko Haram with terrorists in southern Libya. (…)
Q. – On Libya, what type of international intervention could be carried out, in view of the difficulty of the issue?
THE PRESIDENT – With Libya, the aim is not a military intervention; the aim is to allow the state – what remains of it – the government, the sole legitimate one, the elected Parliament to have UN support for rebuilding all the institutions, all the government departments necessary for the country to be safe and able to function.
For the time being, there have been requests for police cooperation projects which have never been carried through; the same goes for military cooperation. It’s no longer possible to leave Libya in this situation. Moreover, and this is true, there’s a concentration of terrorist groups in southern Libya, and we have to coordinate our intelligence services on this. (…)./.
Joint statement by the governments of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States¹
August 14, 2014
The governments of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States strongly condemn the ongoing fighting and violence in and around Tripoli, Benghazi, and across Libya. We are in particular deeply concerned by the increasing toll the violence is taking on Libya’s civilian population and institutions, as well as the threat it poses to Libya’s democratic transition. We deplore the rise in the number of civilian casualties and express deep concern about the shortages in medical supplies, the displacement of thousands of families, the huge destruction of residences and infrastructure, as well as the halt in economic activity.
We are deeply concerned about attacks carried out against the civilian population and civilian targets in Tripoli and Benghazi that may amount to breaches of international humanitarian law. These violations must stop and those responsible must be held accountable.
Violence cannot and must not be a means to achieve political goals or settle ideological differences. Only through political dialogue, inclusiveness and consensus can Libyans move the country beyond the current crisis and build the free, prosperous, democratic and secure state for which they have sacrificed so much.
We therefore reiterate the repeated calls by the international community, as well as the Libyan interim government and House of Representatives, for an immediate ceasefire and for all parties to this conflict to begin a peaceful political dialogue and for them to recognize the authority of the elected representatives of the Libyan people. We remain in constant contact with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya and strongly support its efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire and to end the bloodshed. We urge all sides to respond positively and without delay.
The governments of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States continue to stand firmly behind the Libyan people and will partner with Libya until the hopes and aspirations of the Libyan people are achieved./.
¹Source of English text: US Department of State website.
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