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MEP Miriam Dalli welcomes support for Malta'sproposal towards conflict resolution in Libya

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 13:00 Last update: about 10 years ago

Member of the European Parliament, Miriam Dalli said that it is encouraging to see other countries agreeing with Malta's suggestion to establish a peacekeeping initiative, headed by the United Nations, in order to bring about stability in Libya. She also welcomed the fact that Italy has agreed to lead such a peacekeeping mission under the auspices of the United Nations.

Miriam Dalli was addressing the European Parliament during its plenary session in Strasbourg on a motion for resolution on the situation in Libya.  During the discussion with the European Commission's vice-presidents and Commission's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, the urgency of the situation in Libya was emphasised due to the fact that Libya is beyond being a failed state and whatever happens in Libya will have an impact on the EU.

Dalli appealed to the European Union to be coherentwith its talk on the situation in Libya and to focus its attention on this country. She argued that Europe does not have the luxury of allowing terrorism, fanaticism and extremist ideologies grow within our neighbouring country.  

During her speech, Miriam Dalli said that the European Union must start considering Libya as a prioritybecause "while it is encouraging that the EU focuses its attention on countries on the Eastern borders, it has done so at the expense of its southern borders." Miriam Dalli emphasised that while it is true that the Libyan people themselves can bring about lasting solutions to the instability, the EU that has the responsibility to seriously survey the situation.

Dalli concluded by emphasising that the EU cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the situation on the ground in Libya where innocent citizens are the onessuffering most, being kidnapped or even dying while terrorist groups such as ISIS continue to strengthen.

During the same debate, Federica Mogherini, EU's High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, encouraged those who have not as yet joined in the peace talks in Geneva to do so, as there may not be another chance to solve the crisis in Libya.

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