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Parliamentary questions
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24 June 2020
P-003746/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Malik Azmani (Renew)
 Subject: EU paralysed and absent in escalating conflict in Libya

On 20 June 2020, Egypt’s President Al-Sisi announced that Egypt has a ‘legitimate right’ to intervene in Libya (1) .  Al-Sisi also stated that any attack on Sirte or Jufra airbase would be considered as crossing a ‘red line’ and would result in an Egyptian military intervention. The GNA replied that the Egyptian announcement was to them a ‘declaration of war’. In the meantime, the UN, USA, Germany and Italy have called for de-escalation, without any sign of involvement of the VP/HR, Josep Borrell (2) .

This conflict, which has turned into a full-blown proxy war, now has the potential to destabilise the entire region. With certain EU Member States supporting opposite sides, the EU seems hopelessly divided. As this conflict is on the EU’s doorstep, and having deployed the Irini mission, the EU has huge interests in diffusing this escalation (3) .

1. Does the VP/HR agree that the current situation in Libya has top priority for the EU, and it is vital that the EU find a common position to defend its interests?

2. Does the VP/HR agree that the current strategy is ineffective, partly because certain Member States have opposing interests in Libya?

3. Can the VP/HR clarify which specific action he means to take to ensure an effective foreign policy towards Libya, in line with the Commission’s ‘geopolitical ambition’?

(1)https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/egypt-has-a-legitimate-right-to-intervene-in-libya-sisi-says/
(2)https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/06/22/world/middleeast/ap-ml-libya.html
(3)https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-24/libya-s-future-hinges-on-a-proxy-standoff-in-qaddafi-s-home-town
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