AU Committee in Brazzaville: Skhirat Agreement Remains 'Sufficiently Flexible Reference' to Extract Libya from Crisis

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans abroad, Nasser Bourita
Morocco denounced, Thursday in Brazzaville, through Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad Nasser Bourita, the "cynical interventionism" of certain parties in Libyan domestic affairs, noting that the Skhirat Political Agreement is still a sufficiently flexible reference to face the new realities.

"The situation degenerates before our incredulous eyes, out of all control and to the detriment of all, to the detriment of the higher interest of the brotherly Libyan people, who suffers from it. But, also to the detriment of the interests of the Libyan protagonists, who are all basically as patriotic as each other", underlined  Bourita who represented HM King Mohammed VI at the 8th meeting of the African Union High Level Committee on Libya.

"What thrive in this chaos is only the schemes of those who find an opportunity to exist in such place, by interfering in a region which is already facing many challenges", he said, noting that Morocco "denounces in the strongest terms this cynical interventionism, of another age, of another era, which sows division and lives on it, which pretends to bridge the divide, but actively widens it".

Without this interventionism, "Libya is capable of healing itself," stressed Bourita, reiterating the position of Morocco, which can be summed up in four points.

For the Kingdom, so-called ready-made solutions cannot solve the Libyan problem and the solutions cannot be achieved without knowing the realities, difference and complexities of the Libyan context", he said, noting that the conflict in Libya is neither a field of experimentation, nor an arena for struggles which are unrelated to the interest of the Libyan people.

Secondly, the minister underlined that the solution to the crisis in Libya should not be envisaged by a military solution, but will be reached through a global political solution, or will not be reached". Also, Morocco "reiterates today" its "call to return to a political dialogue that is inclusive, structured and without taboos", he said.

It is a call to courage, the real one which valiantly bows before the supreme interest of a nation that aspires to choose peace, before choosing its rulers. A call to return to reason pointed out by all souls who have reluctantly fallen! A call to critical discernment, in the face of the misleading songs of treacherous sirens!, he said.

Concerning the third point of Morocco's position, Bourita indicated that "the UN efforts must be supported" and the action by special representative and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salamé, should be lauded.

However, he went on, Africa's contribution to these efforts is fundamental. Africa cannot evolve on the fringes of a conflict that takes place inside it, as it cannot be satisfied to see some commiserations which convince no one, even though its interest is entirely in a solution which reconnects Libya to its pan-African role, and which prevents the serious risk of propagation, he said.

As for the 4th point of the Moroccan position on this crisis, Bourita deemed that "the political agreement of Skhirat, dated December 17, 2015, is still a sufficiently flexible reference to face the new realities. A solution which puts an end not only to open hostilities, but also to outdated rivalries, and helps unify the Libyan military forces".

Morocco's strong and continuous attachment to this agreement is not a primary egocentric attachment to its name or place of signature, but is explained by the fact that this agreement is the fruit of long discussions between Libyans themselves and not the result of diplomatic meetings, he said.

Without complexes and without reservations, Morocco joins the current dynamic and reaffirms its availability to support the Libyan parties on the path of dialogue and national reconciliation, he said, adding that the Kingdom "has no agenda in the Libyan conflict. It has only sincere regret to see it go on and disinterested determination to see it progress towards its resolution".

Today more than ever, the Libyan brothers have the historical responsibility to confront their visions and their will to rebuild Libya, rather than confronting their firepower and capacity to harm each other. "Africa can help bring back that serenity hampered by overlapping agendas that are foreign to the Libyan people and their higher interest," the minister concluded.

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