Maas holds out prospect for summit on Libya in Berlin

BRUSSELS (dpa)- Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj supports German mediation efforts, thereby fulfilling an important prerequisite to holding a summit in Berlin in a few weeks.
Al-Serraj backed a ceasefire, an arms embargo and a political process led by the United Nations in Libya, Maas said after a meeting with the prime minister in Brussels.

The German government has been playing an active role in mediating in the crisis in Libya in the so-called Berlin Process. A conference with all stakeholders, originally envisaged for late 2019, was postponed to January.
The situation in Libya has become more difficult, especially around the capital Tripoli, Maas said. The aim is to prevent Libya from becoming "the scene of a proxy war." "Libya must not become a second Syria," warned Maas.

Wednesday, January 8th 2020

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