The purported murder of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh in Libya demonstrates once again that terrorists stop at nothing in their attempts to create religious divides. This not a clash of civilisations, this not a fight between Islam and the West. This is a criminal misuse of a noble religion to perpetrate terrorist attacks in a struggle for power.
The European Union expresses its firm solidarity with Ethiopia in this moment of shock and grief.
The EU stands together with the growing number of countries in Africa, which are battling terrorism and radicalisation. In the Sahel region and in the Horn of Africa, the EU supports regional counter-terrorism efforts and directs its development support to help tackle the root causes of these problems.
The tasks ahead calls for a coordinated effort by national governments, regional organisations and civil society groups. We will intensify our efforts to work with the African governments and regional organizations in these areas and we will discuss this common challenge next Wednesday at the annual joint meeting of the Colleges of the European Commission and the African Union Commission.
The situation in Libya will also be discussed during the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday April 20 in Luxembourg. The EU supports the ongoing UN led talks on Libya in Morocco and calls on all parties to cease violence. Only a political agreement can bring sustainable peace in Libya and help the country to effectively fight against Da’esh and terrorist organisations that are destabilizing the country.