By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 3 April 2015:
The African Union’s International Contact Group for Libya (ICG-L) has linked the recent museum attack in Tunisia . . .[restrict]firmly with Libya seeing it as evidence that insecurity in the latter has the potential to spill over into neighbouring countries.
Meeting in Niamey, Niger, on 1 April 2015 for the 3rd ICG-L gathering, participants expressed concern that Libya has become a safe haven for international as well as local terrorists and extremists.
Also condemning the ongoing violence in Libya, especially the targeting of airports and other attacks on public infrastructure, participants expressed concern over the humanitarian situation and discussed the plight of displaced Libyans who have found themselves living in neighbouring countries.
Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Al-Dairi gave updates on events since the last ICG-L meeting in January, as did representatives of the African Union, the UN, Algeria and Egypt. Included were updates on regional and international efforts to end the conflict, and particularly the latest on the dialogue process sponsored by UNSMIL.
Participants welcomed the efforts of UNSMIL and others, such as Libya’s neighbours, to facilitate dialogue and reconciliation. They also welcomed the recent ceasefire in the oil crescent region.
They discussed ways that the ICG-L could coordinate efforts to support the dialogue process and called for continued cooperation between the UN and the AU with regards to Libya.
The ICG-L was set up by AU’s Peace and Security Council last September. It comprises 16 African, Arab and European countries as well as AU, the EU, the Arab League and the UN.
The next meeting for the ICG-L will be held in June 2015 in Madrid, Spain. [/restrict]