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Libya's neighbouring countries to meet in Algiers early December

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Algeria's neighbouring countries will meet in Algiers on 1 December to discuss the recent developments in the process for the political settlement of the Libyan crisis, announced Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel on Wednesday.

The meeting, the seventh of its kind, "will be held in coordination between the neighbouring countries (Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger and Libya) with the participation of the new special representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Libya, Martin Kobler, the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) to "discuss the recent developments of the UN process for the resolution of the crisis in Libya," Messahel told the National Radio.

The minister underlined the "consensus" reached during the previous meetings among the neighbouring countries, who underlined the need to resolve the crisis through peaceful means and dialogue, form a national government with the respect of Libya's unity and sovereignty, fight against terrorism and coordinate efforts in the field."

Algeria is "convinced that there can be no other alternative than a political solution and dialogue between the different Libyan parties," said Messahel, stressing the need to "form a national unity government in charge of conducting wide reforms in the countries and managing the transition."

"A national government representing all Libyans will allow the State to combat the scourge of terrorism, which is threatening the security and stability of Libya and its neighbouring countries," added the minister.

Messahel also reaffirmed "Algeria's support to the UN efforts for a political solution to the Libyan crisis based on the respect of the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Libya."

In this regard, the minister reiterated Algeria's commitment to continuing its efforts with the UN and the neighbouring countries to resolve the Libyan crisis, adding that "Algeria is convinced of the willingness of the different Libyan parties to find a political solution to the crisis and their full support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Libyan State.