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Libya: no military option possible for the European Union

The negotiations in Geneva on Libya led by Bernardino Leon (credit: UN)
The negotiations in Geneva on Libya led by Bernardino Leon (credit: UN)

(BRUSSELS2) “ The military option is not a solution to the conflict. Political dialogue must be encouraged by all means. This is the position of the High Representative of the EU, expressed today by her spokesperson, in response to journalists who questioned her on the European reaction to the development of the conflict in Libya. And the projects (Egyptian, Libyan) to envisage a military intervention in Libya. The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini is following the case very closely. She has extremely regular if not daily contact with various players, such as Bernardino Leon (whom she met yesterday in Madrid), the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, or the US Secretary of State, John Kerry (whom she will meet tomorrow in Washington). » The European Union prefers, for the time being, to support the process of dialogue initiated by the UN special envoy Bernardino Leon ". Unlike Daesh, where the EU has " adopted a strategy “, more offensive, of support (rear) to the various regional actors, engaged in the conflict, “ we think that we still need to encourage political dialogue to bring the different parties to discussion and stability ».


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).