GILES QUESTIONS MINISTERS ON LIBYA

Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has questioned Ministers from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on the Government’s support for the peace process in Libya. This took place at FCO Questions on 4th February 2020, the transcript of which is below:

Giles Watling MP:

“What steps he is taking to help support the peace process in Libya”

The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa (Dr Andrew Murrison MP)

“The Berlin conference attended by the Prime Minister on 19 January showed wide international support for a ceasefire, resumption of UN-led political talks and an end to external interference. International actors agreed to freeze military activity on the ground, not to send reinforcements and to respect the UN arms embargo. All parties must honour their Berlin commitments and demonstrate their support for the UN-led political process.”

Giles Watling MP:

“I thank the Minister for his answer. Libya seems to have drifted out of the headlines somewhat, and this war has been going on for 11 years. The Russo-Turkish Libyan initiative has now failed, and we must not take our eyes off the ball. Are we sure that we are not being short-sighted and piecemeal, when what Libya really needs is long-term international efforts diplomatically and on the ground?"

The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa (Dr Andrew Murrison MP)

“My hon. Friend is right to say that this is a very busy region indeed. However, I disagree that the international community is taking its eye off the ball—witness the Berlin process and activities at the United Nations. I shall be going to Ankara tonight, and I will of course be talking about Libya, among other things, with my Turkish interlocuters tomorrow.”

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