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Libya: the Council of Europe must be ready to provide its expertise in the institutional field

“After my fact-finding mission to Tunis (8-9 November) and my meeting with French President Macron’s advisor on North Africa and Middle East, Ahlem Gharbi (14 November), I think there might be a window of opportunity for Libyans to reengage in a genuine political dialogue, more inclusive than it has been so far, with peace in sight,” said Attila Korodi (Romania, EPP/CD), who is currently preparing a report for PACE on “Libya's future between the threats of terrorism and a democratic prospect”.

“The impulse given by Dr Salame, the Special Representative in Libya of the UN Secretary General, through his Action Plan, is the proper answer at this particular moment and it is no surprise that it is fully supported by all international players,” he added.

“I know that Europeans see Libya as a matter of concern in terms of migration and terrorism. Do not mistake the effects for the cause: there is a migration and a terrorism issue because there is no unified political and administrative structure in Libya. That is what peace is about. Moreover, let us not forget that the Libyans themselves, and their neighbours, especially Tunisia, as well as the migrants, are the first to pay the price, and a huge one, for the military and political chaos in Libya,” the rapporteur stressed.

“In a country which is not yet stabilised and that is at the border of its member States, the Council of Europe must be ready to provide its expertise in the institutional field, especially concerning the drafting of a Constitution, the building of functional institutions and the establishment of an electoral framework. And when the time comes, and if we are asked, we will deliver our know-how on these matters,” Mr Korodi concluded.