Europe’s attempt to bring peace to Libya is actually leading to war.

Why Is Germany Leading the Push for a Libyan Peace Process?

Europe’s attempt to bring peace to Libya is actually leading to war.


Top-ranking officials from governments around the globe gathered in Berlin, Germany, on January 19 to discuss solutions to the civil war in Libya. The conference follows a January 16 visit by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to Benghazi. These events mark what could be the beginning of an expanded German role in Libya.

Representatives arrived in Berlin from numerous nations: Algeria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, the Republic of the Congo, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For Europe, the conference was a diplomatic embarrassment. Turkey and Russia agreed to a truce, but the European Union was most noticed for its indecisive approach. Meanwhile, hostility remained strong between the opposing Libyan leaders: Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army and Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord. The two refused to speak to one another or enter the same room.


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