Second Libya Conference on 23 June in Berlin
The conference is to take stock of the progress made since the Berlin Libya Conference in 2020 and initiate further steps towards stabilising the country.
Berlin (dpa) - A second Libya conference on 23 June in Berlin is to take further steps towards stabilising the North African country. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (photo) and UN Secretary-General António Guterres have invited the states and organisations involved in the Berlin process to the Federal Foreign Office, the ministry announced. Libya’s transitional unity government will also take part in the conference for the first time.
The conference is to take stock of the progress made in bringing peace to Libya since the Berlin Libya Conference in early 2020. "The focus will be on preparations for the national elections scheduled for 24 December and the withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries from Libya as agreed in the ceasefire," the ministry said. "Steps to unify Libya's security forces will also be discussed."
The country had become mired in a power struggle between numerous political camps and allied militias, fuelled by foreign powers, following the fall of its long-term leader Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011. Extremists took advantage of the chaos. There have been no major battles for about a year now, however, and air traffic also resumed recently. The election of a transitional government led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbaiba is giving rise to cautious hope that tensions might ease. The government is to lead Libya to nationwide elections in December.
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