On 23 and 24 March, the EU will host a meeting of 34 Libyan mayors and local leaders as part of the UN-led Libyan Political Dialogue.
The meeting will be held under the auspices of the SRSG Bernadino Leon. The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, who will open the meeting, stated: "The meeting of Libyan mayors and local leaders comes at a time when Libya is at a crossroads and when the local communities are bearing the brunt of the conflict and the military operations.
The Libyan people deserve peace. And the threath of Daesh can only be faced if all Libyans unite against it. The ongoing UN-facilitated political dialogue in Rabat is another step forward in this direction. The continued military operations, including the latest military attacks on several airports, risk escalating tensions at a time when Libya’s leaders are engaged in a dialogue process. All parties must refrain from violence; there is no other option than a political solution to ensure a peaceful future for Libya, for the region and for Europe."
The UN-led political dialogue process consists of 5 tracks: political, municipalities, security, political parties and tribal. The meeting in Brussels will be the second one of the municipalities (the first one took place in January in Geneva) and will run in parallel to discussions of the main political track in Rabat.
"The EU acknowledges the tremendous challenges and difficulties local authorities and all people in Libya are confronted with. Municipal leaders, being in the frontline in Libya, have a crucial role to play in seeking the end of the conflict for the sake of their people. I hope that from the meeting in Brussels will come a strong support to the Political Dialogue Process and an encouragement to the political leadership in reaching an agreement. .I call on all Libyan parties to participate constructively to ensure the rapid formation of a Government of National Unity that is able to take forward the democratic transition and restart the reconstruction of the country", added the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini.