ALDA’s commitment for Libya: the statement of our Vice-President Alessandro Perelli
“Libya needs Europe, Europe needs Libya”: with these words Alessandro Perelli, Vice-President of ALDA, commented the “Nicosia Initiative”, a 3-day event that took place in Trieste (Italy) from 15th June 2017, promoted by the Committee of the Regions.
The event brought together a delegation of mayors and local authorities from Libya and the Regional Council of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, represented by its President Franco Iacop, organiser of the initiative.
“On these days – stated Perelli – important contacts at the international level are ongoing, with the main aim to find a peaceful solution between Serraj Government and the Commander of the Army Haftar; French and Italian diplomacies are strongly involved in this direction. ALDA, for a long time now active in the promotion of the European values in the Mediterranean area of Africa through the opening of a new LDA in Tunisia, is following with high attention the development of events in Libya, ready to give its contribution to the gradual approach of the country to Europe; Libya, in fact, is connected by traditions and economic, social and cultural relations to the European continent”.
Libyan local authorities participating in the Trieste meeting last month, first of all, the Mayors of Tripoli and Tobruk, showed their will to work together not only in the fishing sector but also in other fields, such as governance and health care; furthermore they expressed their commitment to improve cooperation and to adjust their regulations to the European ones.
“The restoration of security conditions in the Libyan state, affected by conflicts and civil wars, will be fundamental to strengthen the actions of our association in the next months”, concluded Perelli.