New round of talks for Libya next week in Geneva

New round of talks between Libya's warring factions to be held next week by UN in Geneva

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the victory sign

A UN spokesman said on Friday a new round of talks between Libya's warring factions is planned to be held by the United Nations next week in Geneva in an bid to form a unity government and end the on-going conflict in the country.

This week, delegates from Tripoli's self-declared government had dropped out of talks organised in Morocco. The delegation said they needed time to comprise a new negotiating team after resignation of a chief member. Whilst, representatives of the rival internationally recognized government attended the meeting alone.

The UN proposed a one-year unity government in which a council of ministers headed by a prime minister and two deputies would have sole executive authority.

The UN appointed Bernardino León on August 14, 2014 in an attempt to mediate efforts in peace-process negotiations between the two warring governments in Libya.

The negotiations have lasted for months to form a unity cabinet that could end the country’s four years civil-war, following the deposition of former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi.

Armed forces linked to each administrations have brought the country’s oil-dependent economy to its knees.

Adding to Libya’s ongoing crisis, its security has also rapidly deteriorated as ISIS militants, and other armed groups not linked to either governments, exploit the current power vacuum.


TRTWorld and agencies