Skhirate, Morocco - The Libyan factions resumed, on Sunday afternoon in Skhirate (Rabat’s outskirts), the UN-sponsored peace talks for the third consecutive day with a view to finding a solution to the crisis in Libya.
Skhirate, Morocco – The Libyan factions resumed, on Sunday afternoon in Skhirate (Rabat’s outskirts), the UN-sponsored peace talks for the third consecutive day with a view to finding a solution to the crisis in Libya.
Prior to the start of negotiations, the Special Representative for the UN Secretary General for Libya Bernardino Leon held informal meetings with representatives of the parties to the conflict in Libya.
The representatives of the Libyan rival factions could not yet reach an agreement concerning the two key issues on the agenda: security arrangements and the formation of a national unity government, yet they reiterated commitment to political dialogue as a “sole” way to achieve a “real” solution to the conflict in Libya.
The representatives of the two main delegations representing the parliament of Tripoli and the parliament of Tobrouk reiterated that dialogue remains indispensable in settling the Libyan crisis.
Several proposals were submitted to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, pertaining to two issues on the peace talks agenda namely security arrangements and the formation of a government of national unity, the two rival delegations said.
In a press conference, Mhamed Ali Chouaiba, Deputy speaker of Tobrouk’s parliament and president of the dialogue commission said that the talks are not a “tactic” but rather a national strategic option to put an end to the crisis.
The delegation representing the parliament of Tripoli, for its part, said in a statement that it adopted “flexible” stands to pave the way for “practical and realistic” solutions to the conflict.
On the recent military actions in the country, notably the bombings on Tripoli and the airport of Mitiga as well as armed militias attempts to take over the city, the Tripoli parliament’s delegation called on the international community to condemn these acts and to take necessary measures against the parties that attempt at obstructing peace talks.
The Libyan rival factions resumed political talks on Saturday for the second consecutive day.
This resumption takes place amid a deterioration of the security situation on the ground with the continuing military actions undermining basic infrastructure in several regions in Libya.
Prior to the resumption of peace talks, Leon condemned in the “strongest terms” the military attacks against the Libyan capital which he described as “irresponsible” attacks that deserve a strong UN condemnation.