Joint Statement following the High-Level Russian-Turkish Consultations on Libya, Ankara, July 22, 2020
The Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, whose leaders proposed an initiative on January 8, 2020 in Istanbul to de-escalate the situation on the ground and to advance the political process in Libya,
- reaffirming their unwavering commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Libya, as well as to the goals and principles of the UN Charter;
- expressing confidence that the Libyan conflict cannot be resolved by military means but can only be settled through a political process consisting of and led by Libyans facilitated by the UN;
- noting the need to combat terrorists and terrorist groups recognised as such by the UN Security Council;
- reaffirming their commitment to continue bilateral cooperation in order to achieve security and stability in the country, as well as to improve the humanitarian situation there,
Have agreed on the following:
1. To continue joint efforts, including influencing the Libyan parties, in order to create conditions for a lasting and sustainable ceasefire in Libya.
2. To contribute to the advancement of the intra-Libyan political dialogue in accordance with the decisions of the Berlin Conference on Libya (held on January 19, 2020) and in coordination with the UN.
3. To call on the warring parties to take measures to ensure safe humanitarian access and provide urgent assistance to all those who need it.
4. To consider establishing a Joint Working Group on Libya and holding the next round of consultations in Moscow in the near future.