Libya: Briefing by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

The status of efforts toward a settlement in Libya

We were asked, including by our Italian colleagues, journalists, for reasons you may be aware of, to regularly comment on this topic.

On this point, I would like to say that the intra-Libyan political process, launched in September 2014 under the UN aegis in order to put an end to the civil strife in Libya and pave the way for national reconciliation, is not going smoothly. We have noted that repeatedly. It continues to falter due to the remaining differences between the main political forces in Libya on implementation parameters for the intra-Libyan agreement that was signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat on December 17, 2015, and bolstered by UN Security Council 2259.

To promote the implementation of the Skhirat agreements, a regular international ministerial meeting on Libya was held in Vienna on May 16, in which a Russian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov took part.

The meeting produced a joint communiqué asserting the parties’ commitment to ensuring the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya. Support was voiced for efforts by Prime Minister Fayez al-Saraj with the assistance of the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler to form a national accord government and create national security and law enforcement structures in Libya in order to address urgent issues of ensuring security and public order in that country.

We hope that the decisions adopted in Vienna will help consolidate the Libyan political forces and bring them closer to compromise solutions on the remaining disputes. This will enable the newly established consolidated state governing bodies to become fully functioning and start restoring law and order in the country and, above all, neutralising the terrorists who are present in large numbers on Libyan soil.