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10/10/2013
Statement by MEP Ana Gomes, European Parliament Rapporteur for Libya, on the kidnapping of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan

"I am deeply concerned about the kidnapping of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan in Tripoli early this morning by an armed group. I am relieved that he is now been freed. As EP Standing Rapporteur on Libya, I have been this last weekend in Libya, where I could assess that the political and the security situation in the country is indeed tense and complicated. I was in Tripoli when the US forces kidnapped Abu Anas al-Libi, in an act that constitutes a violation of international law and also that of Libya's sovereignty, and which was bound to trigger retaliation as could well be the case of the PM´s kinapping.

This is a step in the wrong direction with regards to the democratic transition that Libya is undergoing. This bodes just as badly in the prospect of the National Dialogue and of the unfolding of a constitutional drafting process.

This is a time for us, Europeans, to demonstrate resolute solidarity towards the Libyan people. The European Union needs to engage more in the transition process in Libya, namely by investing itself in the stabilisation of the country, through consistent Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), which must run in parallel, capacity building in the functioning of the state."

 
 
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