Ambassador Maged Abdel Fattah, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations in New York, said that the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya is the key to its stability, while stating that the UN Security Council can put a time limit on the negotiations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The representative of the Arab League to the United Nations said in an interview with (Al Evening) on Al-Jazeera Mubasher, on Wednesday, that the Berlin-2 conference is a positive step to restore stability to Libya.
He pointed out that there is a great deal of consensus regarding the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya, because it is a key to stability in the country.
Abdel-Fattah added that there is a need for a clear plan from the United Nations to withdraw mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya, explaining that the Arab League is seeking to develop a plan for this in coordination with the United Nations, the African Union and the concerned parties.
He said that there is a unified Arab vision for the return of stability to Libya, but some may differ on the implementation of this vision.
The Arab official indicated that there are Arab countries that had reservations about the League’s decisions regarding the Turkish presence in Libya.
He stressed the League’s endeavor to provide support to the transitional government in Libya on all axes because it represents all Libyans.
Regarding the Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, the representative of the League to the United Nations in New York said that Sudan’s complaint to the Security Council about the Ethiopian “obstinacy” regarding the dam is complementary to the Egyptian file submitted by Cairo a few days ago to the international organization, and it also complements the The decision issued by the League Council meeting at the level of foreign ministers recently held in Doha, which called on the Security Council to intervene to ensure the water rights of Egypt and Sudan and to reach a binding agreement to fill and operate the dam.
Ambassador Abdel-Fattah added that there is an Arab committee on the dam consisting of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iraq and Jordan, in addition to the Arab League, which will soon submit a file to the Security Council.
He stated that Egypt and Sudan decided to wait until after the Congo meeting in a few days to move, given the holding of legislative elections in Ethiopia.
The Arab official made it clear that the UN Security Council could push for accelerating the negotiation process on the dam, setting a time limit for it, and threatening to impose sanctions on the party blocking the negotiations.
He said that the Security Council should act differently regarding the Renaissance Dam, and its members should realize that there is a danger to the Egyptian and Sudanese peoples as a result of the dam.
He added that Egypt and Sudan must take a decisive stance on the Renaissance Dam by mid-July.
Regarding the Arab League, Ambassador Abdel-Fattah said that there are current attempts to reform the Arab League, as there were attempts in the past.
The permanent observer of the Arab League at the United Nations explained that the League’s budget and its decision-making mechanism affect its performance of its role.