The delegations announced in a final declaration that they have reached “comprehensive agreements on the criteria and mechanisms for occupying positions of sovereignty.”
Rabat – Libyan delegations signed an agreement on a mechanism for appointments to sovereign positions on Tuesday, marking the end of a second round of dialogue in Bouznika, Morocco from October 2-6.
The representatives from Libya’s High Council of State and the House of Representatives declared in a final statement that they reached a comprehensive agreement on the mechanisms and criteria for appointments to leadership positions in the state’s sovereign institutions.
The agreement is in line with Article 15 of the Skhirat Political Agreement.
The positions include Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, President of the Audit Bureau, Head of the Administrative Control Authority, Head of the Anti-Corruption Agency, President and members of the High Commission for Elections, President of the Supreme Court, and Attorney General.
The appointment of occupants to sovereign positions, however, requires the approval of two-thirds of the members of parliament.
Following the talks, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs described the agreements reached in Bouznika as “decisive.”
The FM added that the heads of the High Council of State and the House of Representatives in Libya are set to receive a report containing the agreements for approval.
“The inter-Libyan dialogue of Bouznika had all the elements and factors favoring its success,” Morocco’s top diplomat said.
Bourita renewed Morocco’s firm support for all political initiatives that seek to pull Libya out of the crisis.
Delegations from the two Libyan parties lauded the agreements they reached during the second round of Bouznika talks. They said the outcomes of the dialogue “constitute a contribution on which it is possible to capitalize to establish stability in the country and end the institutional division.”
In the final declaration, the parties expressed their determination to continue meeting in Morocco to coordinate the action of political, executive, and oversight institutions.
“The dialogue sessions were distinguished by a spirit of national responsibility which gave priority to the common good and this, in order to overcome the current political division,” the delegations said.
The two delegations reiterated their thanks to Morocco for convening Libyan representatives around the table to achieve “genuine agreements” in “harmony” with the provisions of the Skhirat Agreement.
Morocco’s confidence in a solution by Libyans, for Libyans
Over the years, Morocco has maintained that Libyans can reach a political solution to end the crisis in the country based on inter-Libyan dialogue.
Morocco has also repeatedly denounced foreign intervention, describing it as a source of humanitarian and socio-economic challenges.
Rabat has stressed that it has no agenda in Libya, reiterating its position favors sovereignty and legitimate fundamental rights for Libyans.
The United Nations has expressed satisfaction with Morocco’s approach, calling on Libyans to engage in talks favorably to serve the interests of their country and people.
The UN also believes the parties now have a “real chance” to end the crisis in Libya through continuous meetings and talks to reach a consensus.
For Morocco’s government, the Bouznika dialogue has proven the “efficiency” of giving Libyans the space to solve their problems themselves.
During the meetings, Bourita said the representatives of Libya’s rival parliaments reacted “responsibly” by seeking consensus on all disputes.
“This [second] round [of talks] gave rise to important agreements,” Bourita said, calling on the parties to preserve momentum by continuing the dialogue.
Libya has experienced division and violence since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Escalation occurred in the country after military intervention, which poured more oil on the fire.
It remains to be seen whether the Bouznika talks will help Libyans reach a lasting solution to end the crisis in Libya for once and all.