The head of European diplomacy hopes that the situation in Libya will improve

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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The head of the EU External Action Service, Josep Borrell, expressed hope that the situation in Libya will improve soon.

“The situation in Libya turned from bad to even worse, however, it is possible that in the next few days we will have little hope,” Borrell said in a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg (France).

Commenting on the conference on Libya in Berlin, scheduled for January 19, the head of European diplomacy called it a “great opportunity” and stressed that the conference can “open a path to a plan for reducing tensions and resumption of political consultations “.
In addition, Borrell warned that a further worsening of the Libyan crisis can lead to a new wave of illegal migration in Europe, recalling that there are currently hundreds of thousands of people in the African countries located south of Sahara in Libya.

“If the situation worsens, their stay in Libya will be impossible and they may try to go to Europe, so there is a new threat of a boost to illegal migration across the central Mediterranean,” he said.

He also stressed that many of these people have work in Libya and want to stay there while conditions permit.
Last Monday, Moscow hosted the consultations on Libya promoted by Russia and Turkey in which, among others, the head of the Government of National Unity of Libya, Fayez Al Sarraj, and the commander of the Libyan National Army, Marshal Jalifa Haftar, participated.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Al Sarraj and the president of the State Council, Khalid al Mishri, signed the final document of the ceasefire negotiations, while Haftar asked for more time to study it.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that Haftar approved the draft agreement but asked 48 hours to discuss it with the tribal chiefs.

For its part, the German Government announced its plans to hold a conference on Libya in Berlin on Sunday, January 19.
Libya remains mired in a crisis since the overthrow of its historical leader, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011, resulted in violent clashes between rival factions.
Currently in the country there is a duality of powers: the interim Government, which controls the eastern part of the country together with the Parliament, and the Government of National Unity in Tripoli (northwest), endorsed by the UN.

At the beginning of last April, Libya entered a new spiral of violence after the National Army commanded by Marshal Haftar began an offensive to free Tripoli from “terrorists.”

The forces loyal to the Government of National Unity, headed by Al Sarraj, responded with the operation Volcano of Wrath against Haftar’s troops.





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