BRUSSELS, June 25 (KUNA) - The European Union Friday called for progress on the inclusive and Libyan-owned political dialogue and for the withdrawal without delay of all foreign forces from the country.
The European Council (summit of the 27 EU leaders) in their conclusions early today confirmed its commitment to Libya's stabilization process under the auspices of the United Nations. Elections should take place as agreed in the Roadmap on 24 December 2021 and their results accepted by all, it noted.
The European Council reiterated the EU's readiness to engage with Turkey in a phased, proportionate, and reversible manner to enhance cooperation in a number of areas of common interest.
It also took note of the preparatory work for high-level dialogues with Turkey on issues of mutual interest, such as migration, public health, climate, counterterrorism, and regional issues.
The European Council called on the European Commission to put forward without delay formal proposals for the continuation of financing for Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and other parts of the region and said remains fully committed to the comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of a bicommunal, bizonal federation.
It said the rule of law and fundamental rights in Turkey "remains a key concern." The EU leaders said they expect the Russian leadership to demonstrate a more constructive engagement and political commitment and stop actions against the EU and its Member States, as well as against third countries.
The European Council stressed the need for a firm and coordinated response by the EU and its Member States to any "further malign, illegal and disruptive activity by Russia." It reiterated the European Union's openness to a selective engagement with Russia in areas of EU interest The European Council reaffirmed the EU's support to the G5 Sahel countries' efforts to strengthen governance, the rule of law, and the provision of public services in their territories.
The European Council condemned the ongoing atrocities, violence, and other human rights violations in Ethiopia's Tigray region and welcomed the ongoing investigations to bring accountability and justice.
It called for an immediate cessation of hostilities, unimpeded humanitarian access to all areas, and the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean forces.
The 2-day EU summit ends today with a discussion on the economic situation in the EU. (end) nk.aa