Another Berlin Conference, this now clearly shows Africans doesn’t have much to say in global politics. This is an indication that Africa’s decision makers are not in fact in Africa, they’re somewhere else.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres are presenting the results of the intensive talks at a final press conference on Sunday evening.
Guterres told reporters that “all participants today committed to support the ceasefire,” while Merkel announced that the warring sides in Libya’s conflict agreed that an arms embargo is necessary to reach a lasting ceasefire.
Italian PM Giuseppe Conte said Italian was willing to play a leading role in monitoring the Libya peace accord.
Guterres also said that he was very worried that several of Libya’s oil ports and an oilfield had been shutdown after Haftar’s forces shut off production, a move which could badly impact the country’s economy.
Merkel said that only a political solution will work in Libya and continuing military efforts will only prolong the suffering of the Libyan people.
She said the discussion in Berlin “will not solve all of the problems of Libya”but the talks were intended to “give new impetus” to the peace process.
Merkel also said it is crucial that the arms embargo holds so that the truce can hold properly.
The conference in Berlin was tasked with reaching a lasting ceasefire between Prime Minister of the UN-backed Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, and his rival Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have been closing in on Tripoli in recent months.