MAP - Tuesday, July 28th 2020

FM Reaffirms Morocco's Conviction that the 'Solution to Crisis in Libya Can Only be Libyan and for Libyans'





Rabat - Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita reaffirmed, on Monday in Rabat, Morocco's permanent conviction that "the solution to the crisis in Libya can only be Libyan and for Libyans".

Morocco is convinced that if the Libyans are allowed to manage their affairs without interference, they will be able to develop adequate solutions, at least to resolve the institutional crisis that has generated other crises, Bourita said after a meeting with head of the Libyan High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, recalling the constant position of the Kingdom that has not thought and will never think of proposing solutions to the Libyans.

The political solution today is within reach, Bourita noted, stressing that if the Libyans are given the chance, they will be able to move towards a rapid transitional stage and towards legitimate institutions chosen by the Libyans themselves and Libya will choose its future.

Morocco is convinced that the multitude of initiatives creates more problems than it solves, he added, saying the meeting was an opportunity to reaffirm the Kingdom's consistent position that "Morocco has no initiative and it does not and will never think of proposing solutions to the Libyans, convinced that solutions must come from the Libyans and that the multitude of initiatives creates more problems than it solves".

After indicating that Morocco's ambition is to "find for Libyans a framework for dialogue and expression of their problems, differences and contradictions in order to reach solutions", he affirmed that the Kingdom will always remain favorable to all Libyan initiatives and will remain open "to create a space and a constructive spirit for dialogue for Libyans in order to update the institutional framework in many aspects that have become outdated".

In this context, Bourita stressed that there is also a conviction that points of convergence exceed points of divergence, at least as regards the development of the institutional framework provided for by the Skhirat agreement, stating that as long as this agreement was "a Libyan product", the Libyans can now amend and improve it in order to adapt it to the transitional stage and ensure the security and stability of that country.

There is agreement and unanimity, Bourita went on , on how to amend the political agreement in its institutional aspect, saying that it is necessary to move on to "the implementation of these compromises, because the Libyans expect institutions that ensure them a decent life and development".

The minister further stated that Morocco had "a permanent conviction that the two main institutions resulting from the political agreement, which are the High Council of State and the House of Representatives, are the main parties to any future solution in Libya".

Bourita considered that the presence in Morocco of head of the Libyan High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, and speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, is a "strong signal to move towards what is better and more influential on the Libyan path, because these two institutions have the legitimacy, the means, the ideas and the people to agree on a solution in Libya based on the political agreement while updating it and taking into account recent Libyan initiatives".

Expressing his optimism "if the two institutions (the High Council of State and the Parliament) work in the same direction", Bourita stressed that "they will be able to find appropriate solutions to the institutional problems related to sovereign institutions and to resolve them as soon as possible".

He added that Morocco is following with "concern" the situation in Libya, where there are many refugees and displaced persons in addition to the proliferation of weapons in the hands of different groups, thus threatening the Libyans themselves, noting that since "Libya is at the heart of the Arab Maghreb, everything that happens there affects the stability of the region and that of North Africa".

Libya's stability will benefit the Arab Maghreb Union and North Africa, he said, adding that "it should not be a region of foreign presence, tensions and conflicts of interest".

The Arab Maghreb, the Arab world and Africa need an independent Libya that is a partner in the security and stability of the Mediterranean basin, he concluded.