AU PSC: Morocco reiterates active, resolute commitment to success of political transition in Libya
Morocco has reiterated its active and resolute commitment to the outcome of the political transition in Libya, and its unwavering support to the intra-Libyan political process to achieve a peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis in the North African country.
The remarks were made by Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the African Union and UNECA Wednesday at a conference on the situation in Libya, convened by the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) in Addis Ababa.
Ambassador Mohamed Arrouchi recalled Morocco’s active and resolute commitment, since 2014, to support the intra-Libyan political process to achieve a peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis in the country. This support, he said, resulted in 2015 in the Skhirate Agreement, concluded under the auspices of the United Nations, and which is, so far, the most successful political framework on the way to resolve the crisis in Libya.
Highlighting Morocco’s determination to promote an intra-Libyan solution away from any foreign interference, the Moroccan diplomat recalled the rounds of consultations held in Bouznika that led, between 2018 and 2022, to the comprehensive agreement on sovereign positions as well as the debates that brought together all the Libyan stakeholders regarding the political and security challenges facing the country.
Praising the role and efforts made by the Republic of Congo, through its chairmanship of the High-Level Committee and the AU Contact Group on Libya, Arrouchi noted that Libya’s people and stakeholders are able to turn the current ceasefire in the country into lasting peace and a final solution to the legitimacy issue, through the conduct of free and inclusive elections, and strengthen thus the institutions of the Libyan state and achieve the development and prosperity that the brotherly people of Libya deserve.
The Moroccan delegation put forward a number of recommendations, including the support to the relevant initiatives and political frameworks developed within the African space, notably the Skhirate Agreement of 2015, the constant efforts made by the High-Level Committee and the African Union Contact Group on Libya, as well as the consultations between the House of Representatives and the Libyan High Council of State to reach an agreement on the outstanding issues, with a view to holding national elections as soon as possible.
In connection with arrangements for elections in Libya, talks are this Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva between Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, and chairman of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri.
According to the United Nations, the talks focus on a draft constitutional framework for elections after Libya’s rival factions failed to reach an agreement in their last round of talks in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.
In opening remarks during the meeting, Saleh affirmed his complete keenness to ensure “transparent elections” for the Libyan people “without foreign interference”.