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EP Urges EU To Step Up Efforts To Restore Peace In Libya


(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) BRUSSELS, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The European Parliament Wednesday approved a series of recommendations on the political situation in war-torn Libya to the European Commission, EU member states, and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell.
Stressing the need for a stable political transition and unity among the country's warring factions, the EP called on the EU to support Libya in uniting itself through a proper constitutional reform process.
The recommendation were as adopted by 454 votes in favour, 130 against with 54 abstentions.
It urged the EU to step up its diplomatic efforts to restore peace and security in the country. To achieve this, EU member states must act in a more unified manner and speak with one voice when it comes to Libya, avoiding the scattered approaches of the past.
To this end, the EP called on the EU to nominate, as a matter of priority, an EU special representative for Libya.
The EP said all mercenaries, and foreign fighters and forces, must withdraw from Libyan territory, including Russian paramilitary Wagner group.
It urged all international actors involved not to interfere in Libya and to refrain from fuelling tensions through direct and sponsored military interventions.
In addition, Parliament called on all actors in Libya to refrain from using oil as an instrument of political confrontation and keep all wells and oil terminals open.
The EP wants the EU to work towards a more stable energy partnership with Libya, which would help to increase Libyan capabilities in the sector and diversify the EU's energy supply.
Parliament finally urged the Libyan authorities to cancel the 2019 Turkiye - Libya Memorandum of Understanding on the delimitation of maritime jurisdictions in the Mediterranean Sea.
It also called on the relevant parties not to implement any clause included in the subsequent agreement on hydrocarbons signed on 3 October this year, as it foresees illegal drilling activities in other countries' exclusive economic zones, including those of Cyprus and Greece. (end)
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