Libya's neighbors endorse UN-brokered talks

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Chad and Niger all took part in the one-day event

Libya's neighbors endorse UN-brokered talks

World Bulletin/News Desk

Countries neighboring Libya on Thursday voiced support for a UN initiative aimed at holding dialogue between members of the House of Representatives and boycotting MPs.

"Libya's neighbors reiterate their support for renouncing violence and engaging in dialogue among Libyan political factions," said Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti, who chaired a Thursday meeting of Libya's neighbors in Khartoum.

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Chad and Niger all took part in the one-day event.

According to Karti, the assembled ministers urged Libya's parliament and its appointed government – led by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni – to work on stopping the flow of arms into Libyan territory.

Karti stressed that foreign ministers would maintain contact with dialogue partners but would not serve as mediators at the meetings, which kicked off in September in the city of Ghadames in western Libya.

Karti reiterated neighboring countries' support for the "legitimacy" of Libya's recently-elected House of Representatives, which still enjoys international recognition despite having been declared null and void by a Libyan court last month.

He went on to say that foreign ministers planned to visit the fractious North African country, for which al-Thinni's government, Karti said, was currently making preparations.

The Sudanese FM did not, however, provide a specific date for the planned visit.

Two days ago, the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called for a third round of dialogue on December 9 between Libya's political actors.

Libya has been dogged by instability since the 2011 ouster and death of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

In the three years since, rival militias have often locked horns, frequently bringing violence to Libya's main cities, including capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.

The Libyan government, meanwhile, has appeared largely absent from the scene.

The sharp divisions have yielded two rival seats of government in the country, each of which has its own institutions.

Two assemblies currently vie for legislative authority: the House of Representatives, which convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk; and the General National Congress, which – even though its mandate ended in August – continues to convene in capital Tripoli.

The two parliaments support two different governments respectively headquartered in the two cities.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Aralık 2014, 00:04

Muhammed Öylek