Arrival of 147 asylum seekers from Misrata (Libya) thanks to a humanitarian corridor at the Pratica di Mare military airport, near Rome, Italy, 29 April 2019 | Photo:  ANSA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO
Arrival of 147 asylum seekers from Misrata (Libya) thanks to a humanitarian corridor at the Pratica di Mare military airport, near Rome, Italy, 29 April 2019 | Photo: ANSA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

The EU Council has declared in a statement that the European Union is "deeply concerned" by the "loss of human life, the growing number of internally displaced persons and the impact on migration flows" caused by the Libyan crisis, asking all parties to protect civilians, migrants and refugees.

"The EU is deeply concerned at the loss of human life, the growing number of internally displaced persons and the impact on migration flows" of the ongoing Libyan crisis, the EU Council said in its final statement on Libya. 


"All parties must protect civilians, including migrants and refugees, by allowing and facilitating a safe, rapid and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid and services to all those affected, and as stipulated under the International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law", the statement said. 

'No military solution to the crisis' 

The Council also said in its statement that there is "no military solution" to the crisis in Libya. It condemned the "military attack" of eastern Libyan strongman General Khalifa Haftar on Tripoli and the subsequent escalation in violence in the capital and the area around it - a "threat to international peace and security" that further undermines Libya's stability. According to the EU Council, this enhances the risk posed by terrorism across the country. 

The EU stressed its work in favor of the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya, urging all parties to immediately implement a ceasefire and talk with the United Nations to guarantee the complete cessation of hostilities. It called on all sides to once again take part in "UN-facilitated political dialogue". 

Mogherini meets Sarraj, stop to military activity 

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday met Libyan Premier Fayez al Sarraj in Brussels. Mogherini stressed that "the European Union expects all regional parties and actors to immediately cease their military activities and to resume political dialogue, in the interest of all Libyans." 

Mogherini then expressed "the EU's full support for Ghassan Salame" the special representative of the UN secretary general in Libya for his work in favor of a ceasefire and negotiations. Mogherini and al Sarraj also discussed the humanitarian situation in Libya. Mogherini stressed the importance of guaranteeing humanitarian aid, the need to protect civilians and the constant work, in cooperation with UNHCR and IOM, to protect and assist migrants in detention centers.
 

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