New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) India on Monday welcomed international efforts aimed at a peaceful settlement of conflict in Libya through Intra-Libyan dialogue taking into account the legitimate aspirations of people while preserving the country’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said India has been closely monitoring the developments in Libya. India has noted the progress in intra-Libyan dialogue facilitated by the Kingdom of Morocco, and the talks in Montreux, Switzerland. under the auspices of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), following Berlin Conference and Cairo Declaration.
‘We welcome these international efforts aimed at a peaceful settlement of the conflict through an intra-Libyan dialogue, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people, while preserving Libya’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,’’ Mr Srivastava said in response to a question.
Since the 2011 Arab Spring, Libya, rich with immense oil reserves, has been beset by violent conflicts between different factions and militias as well as outside players.
The instability in the country has had a negative impact on regional security, affecting neighbouring countries and the entire region. A few kilometres away from the European coast, Libya’s instability has been a major concern for the EU.
In August the warring sides in the Libyan conflict agreed to a ceasefire. At Montreux in Switzerland earlier this month, talks, under UN auspices, brought an agreement on the creation of a unity government and subsequent elections. this has given rise to hope for peace in the country after nearly a decade.