17 Nov 2020 19:46

BRICS leaders call for sustainable ceasefire in Libya, welcome resumption of intra-Libyan talks - declaration

MOSCOW. Nov 17 (Interfax) - The leaders of the BRICS association of countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have called on the United Nations secretary-general to appoint a special representative on Libya as soon as possible.

The BRICS leaders called on the Libyan parties to the conflict "to show mutual restraint and stress the importance of establishing a long-term lasting ceasefire in Libya," the declaration adopted at a virtual BRICS summit held on Tuesday says.

"We welcome the announcement of the resumption of inclusive intra-Libyan talks under the framework of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum [...] noting the importance of parallel progress on all three tracks of the intra-Libyan negotiation process (military, political, and economic) with substantial assistance from the United Nations," the declaration says.

"Encouraging the UN secretary-general to promptly designate a Special Representative for Libya, we note the significant role played by the African Union and the League of Arab States in promoting a peaceful intra-Libyan dialogue and political process," it says.