Libya’s HoR rejects UN peace proposal

Libya’s rival Tobruk based House of Representatives rejects peace proposal from UN to form unity government with GNC, central administration in Tripoli

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Libya’s rival Tobruk based House of Representatives (HoR) has rejected a draft proposal to form a unity government to bring to a cease, the fight for power in the oil wealthy nation, a senior lawmaker said on Tuesday.

The HoR has also implemented a ban on permitting its delegation on travelling to Germany to meet with European and North African leaders as anticipated by a proposal from UN Special Envoy Bernardino Leon, said lawmaker Tareq al Jouroushi, according to Reuters.

“A majority of deputies voted to reject the proposal,” he said from the eastern city of Tobruk.

The UN representative to Libya presented a peace proposal to the gathered HoR members outlining the basis to form a unity government that is being recognised as war-torn Libya’s last chance for peace and stability.

Leon pushed the Libyan representatives to accept the 4th version of the proposal in a ceremony in Morocco, especially with reports released last week outlining a weak economy that may soon turn into bankruptcy.

"Today the people of Libya have their eyes on this gathering, on you, in the hope that you'll save your country and your people from protracted conflict," Leon said.

"I am full of hope that this draft represents a fair and reasonable way forward," he added.

From the beginning of the year to date, the UN has organised various plans to bring the HoR and the central administration in Tripoli to help bring an end to the civil conflict.

The talks have only been successful for temporary intervals, however deadly fighting on the ground has not ceased and the rival governments have not found any mutual compromise.

The delegation has agreed to adjourn the latest draft, which also calls for a power sharing arrangement and an interim government to lead the country, before resuming talks in the next few days.

TRTWorld and agencies