Foreign Minister Maas before his flight to Benghazi
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (16 January) before flying to Benghazi:
The Berlin Process is the best chance we have had in a long time to launch peace talks on Libya. For months we have been talking about how to stop the deadly flow of weapons and fighters from abroad. To reach agreement on this issue, we have called all relevant international stakeholders to the table this Sunday.
I spoke to Prime Minister Sarraj last week and will today speak to General Haftar with a mandate from the EU Foreign Ministers.
Our message is clear: nobody can win this conflict militarily. However, a window is now opening to free the conflict from international influence, thus paving the way for a political process and intra‑Libyan negotiations on a post‑war order under the aegis of UN Special Representative Salamé.
I hope that the parties will take this opportunity to put the future of Libya back in Libyan hands. This now requires readiness to agree a genuine ceasefire and both parties’ participation in the dialogue formats proposed by the United Nations. This is not only what the EU Foreign Ministers expect. It is above all in the interests of the Libyan people.