EU SEEKS TO MAKE LIBYA CEASEFIRE DECISION PERMANENT


11/01/2020




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- European Union foreign ministers discussed developments in the Middle East in Brussels. Recent developments in Iran, Iraq and Libya were the main topics of the meeting, which included NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and United Nations Special Representative to Libya Ghassan Salame.

At a press conference after the nearly four-hour meeting, European Union High Representative for foreign relations Josep Borrell said more efforts would be made to stabilize the Middle East. Borrell said they want Iran to abide by the nuclear deal and will strive for it. Josep Borrell also added that, as a result of the instability in Libya, some risks on terrorism and immigration have increased visibly.

Josep Borrell, who also said they discussed how to reduce the tension in the region, continued: "We talked about what the European Union can do at the meeting. We want to give a message of unity and togetherness before it's too late. The UN official warned us. There are many risks in Libya, he said, expressing an increased risk of terrorism. The terrorists came from Syria and Sudan and there was a risk of an influx of migrants because 700 thousand people from different countries were in Libya and whether these people wanted to go to Europe would depend on the conditions in the region, people could lose their jobs. Finally, we were told that stability in the region could deteriorate. With the emergence of new actors in Libya, such as Turkey and Russia, some things may change. Our goal is to produce a political solution. We must work to make the ceasefire permanent. If a ceasefire happens, we have to control the arms embargo and we will have to take some measures."

Borrell stated that they have reached an agreement with Iraq so they will continue to support this country both economically and politically.


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