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Libya: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the adoption of Resolution 2510 (2020) by the UN Security Council on 12 February, what practical next steps they are taking to implement the resolution; and in particular "the need for a lasting ceasefire in Libya at the earliest opportunity, without pre-conditions".

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The UK is clear that lasting peace and stability in Libya will come only through an inclusive political settlement. On 16 February the Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa represented the UK at the first meeting of the International Follow Up Committee to the Berlin Conference, briefing fellow participants on UNSCR 2510. The resolution demands full compliance with the UN arms embargo and an end to foreign military interference in Libya, and makes clear that individuals or entities who breach the arms embargo or an eventual ceasefire may be sanctioned with travel bans and asset freezes. The UK has also continued to urge both the Libyan parties and the key international players to engage fully with the efforts of the former UN Envoy Ghassan Salamé, including the 5+5 military dialogue which has convened in Geneva and is working towards a lasting ceasefire.

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