Second Berlin Conference concludes as ministers discuss Libya

The Second Berlin Conference on Libya was held on June 23 with the participation of the foreign ministers of 17 countries.

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The Second Berlin Conference on Libya, the first of which was held on 19 January 2020, was held on Wednesday, 23 June, with the participation of the foreign ministers of 17 states and representatives of international organizations, including the African Union, European Union, and the United Nations.

After the discussions on the situation of the elections and other major topics, such as the constitutional debates and the failed budget negotiations, the German Federal Foreign Office published a 58-item final declaration.

In this context, it was emphasized that the presidential and parliamentary elections planned to be held on December 24 were supported within the scope of the road map created by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF). In addition, it was stated that the efforts of the Government of National Unity (GNU) and the Presidential Council to carry the country to the elections were welcomed.

In Article 15 of the declaration, Libyan institutions such as the House of Representatives (HoR), the GNU and the Presidential Council were called to make the necessary preparations in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2570 before the elections.

In line with the ceasefire decision taken by the 5+5 Joint Military Committee, the issues of reopening the coastal road and clearing the mined areas were expressed under the security heading of the final declaration.

Under the heading of economic and financial reforms, issues related to budget discussions were included. It was recommended that the budget proposal submitted by GNU to the HoR be finalized as soon as possible.

The Second Berlin Conference is expected to have a positive impact on Libya’s current political, economic and security-based problems, as the country intends to heal its wounds after years of conflict experienced since the start of the Libyan Civil War.

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