At Berlin Conference, Libya’s security and stability are at top of the agenda

UN undersecretary agree on importance of holding timely elections

The main themes of Wednesday’s second Berlin Conference on Libya were security and stability of the North African nation ravaged by civil war, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass.

“We are not talking on Libya, we are talking to Libyans,” Mass told reporters in a joint news conference with Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangouch and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary A. DiCarlo.

The unification of Libyan security forces, and the infrastructure and improvement of Libyans’ living conditions are the most urgent issues, Maas said.

Mass added that holding timely elections and the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries are also vital.

However, mercenaries and forces in Libya for training purposes should not be confused, he added.

“Because we all know that withdrawal of the foreign forces should be carried out gradually,” he said.

Mangouch, for her part, noted that they participated in the conference to ensure timely elections in Libya.

“Elections are the only way to democracy. We value the achievements recently attained in many fields in Libya,” she said.

Answering a question on the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya, the Libyan foreign minister said: “We hope that mercenaries on both sides will leave in the forthcoming days.”

DiCarlo also underlined the importance of holding elections in Libya.

The results of the elections will represent the will of Libyans, she said.

The views expressed in Op-Ed pieces are those of the author and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Libyan Express.
How to submit an Op-Ed: Libyan Express accepts opinion articles on a wide range of topics. Submissions may be sent to Please include ‘Op-Ed’ in the subject line.
You might also like

Submit a Correction

For: At Berlin Conference, Libya’s security and stability are at top of the agenda

Your suggestion have been successfully submitted

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Libyan Express will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.