We recognise the House of Representatives, but hope that all parties will engage in an inclusive and constructive dialogue to rebuild stability and in fact to rebuild the country. One important step they should take is to ensure that oil which is still flowing is not sold by illegitimate terrorist groups, and in this sense I emphasise EU-based and international companies’ own responsibility to refrain from purchasing such oil.
With such threats at our doorsteps, we need the EU to show more leadership. Globally, we now see a chain of Islamist jihadist militias stretching from Nigeria through the Middle East to Pakistan. So we need more EU leadership to fight jihadist militias, to prevent regional spill-overs and to ensure that the people who flee this violence do not suffer a horrible death by drowning in the Mediterranean. We must seek accountability for the perpetrators of violence and end the impunity with which the most horrific crimes are now met.
Additionally, we should put pressure on those who are externally funding Islamist groups and urge them to stop these toxic activities. Sadly, some of these sponsors are our EU allies. It is time we got to grips with the fact that the instability in Libya directly impacts us. The refugee flows are enormous, and suggestions such the one as by the Dutch Prime Minister that this is merely an Italian problem are inappropriate and no solution. We need European leadership and solutions right now.