Europe united on need for security in Libya - Moavero

Europe united on need for security in Libya - Moavero

The European Union is committed to "speaking with one voice" and "a joint effort" to achieve security in Libya in accordance with the United Nations action plan for the conflict-wracked country, Italy's foreign minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said on Monday.

“The member states and institutions of the EU clearly reaffirmed the commitment to speak with one voice and to consistently make a joint effort on ensuring security in Libya," Moavero said in a statement.

Participants at Monday's meeting in Luxembourg of the foreign affairs council showed "unanimous and convinced support" for the international conference on stabilising Libya that Italy is organising in Palermo, Sicily, on 12-13 November, Moavero said.

He attended the meeting.

"To this end, going forward the road map is that outlined in the UN action plan and within which framework the Palermo conference is being held," Moavero concluded.

In an address to the Italian Senate in early October, Moavero underscored the need to hold safe and secure elections in Libya with "solid institutions" in place.

The UN action plan unveiled by special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame in September 2017 includes holding presidential and parliamentary elections before the end of 2018. Salame has since said that current political and security conditions may not allow free, fair and peaceful elections this year.