Commenting on the ceasefire agreement for Libya signed in Geneva, Foreign Minister Maas issued the following statement today (23 October):
This news is the first ray of hope in a long time for the people of Libya. The ceasefire agreement promises a shift from military to political logic at long last. It is a good basis on which to start to shape a political solution for Libya. The representatives of the political dialogue now also need to approach each other courageously and constructively.
This is a first, crucial success for the intra-Libyan dialogue formats agreed at the Berlin Conference on Libya in January. It proves that perseverance pays. Libya has not yet reached its goal, but it has overcome a major obstacle to peace.
It is very clear that the people in Libya want and need to shape the future of their country themselves. We therefore call on the international actors to support this course fully and unreservedly and to desist from any further interference.
We are grateful to UNSMIL and the Acting Special Representative for Libya, Stephanie Williams, whom we will continue to do our utmost to support within the framework of the Berlin Process.