On 12 and 13 November, Minister of State Annen will attend the International Conference on Libya. Prior to his departure for Palermo, Minister of State Annen issued the following statement today (12 November):
The Palermo conference comes at an important and appropriate moment. It should serve to demonstrate international unity and support for the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General Ghassan Salamé. Last week, in a briefing to the United Nations Security Council, he announced his intention to hold a National Conference in early 2019 and thus inject important impetus into the political process in Libya.
Germany expressly supports this approach and, as the largest bilateral donor, is willing to continue to provide concrete assistance for the stabilisation of Libya. At the Conference I intend to pledge an additional German contribution of 2.5 million euros for multilateral stabilisation efforts.
The Conference follows up on the Paris Conference in May 2018 and the revised action plan, which United Nations Special Representative Salamé presented to the Security Council on 8 November. This envisages an inclusive National Conference in early 2019 followed by elections.
Around 20 countries will participate, as well as the African Union, the Arab League and the European Union. In addition to the political process, the conference will also focus on security and economic issues.