By Libya Herald staff.
London, 8 August 2014:
Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia with Libya and the US have called . . .[restrict]on all warring groups in the country to cease hostilities.
“We call upon all parties in Libya to adopt an immediate ceasefire and to undertake negotiations to address the country’s security and stability needs,” the nations said in a joint statement following meetings in Washington. North African leaders have been meeting in the US capital over the last week at the US Africa Leaders’ Summit.
The six countries expressed their deep concerns over the security challenges facing Libya and the possible impact further deterioration could have on the region. “We call on Libya’s newly-elected Council of Representatives and other democratic institutions to adopt inclusive policies that benefit all Libyans and to build a government that meets the Libyan people’s needs for security, reconciliation and prosperity”, the statement said.
The Algerian Prime Minister Abdul Malek Salel ruled out the possibility of an Algerian military intervention in Libya. Salel said that the formation of a unity government in Libya with the help of the country’s regional neighbours was the only solution to the current crisis.
“A way must be found to create harmony and order and create the government and institutions capable of leading the country,” Salel was quoted by the Algerian news agency APS as saying. “However the deployment of our troops to restore order is not a solution and cannot be the answer,” he added.
The Egyptian and Russian presidents Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi and Vladmir Putin have also released a joint statement addressing the current situation in Libya. The two leaders expressed concern over the crisis and called for the promotion of national dialogue to resolve differences, according to the Egyptian state information service ISIS.