Tunisia to Host First Direct Talks Between Libyan Rivals in November

Published October 12th, 2020 - 06:56 GMT
Security forces of Libya's UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) march while mask-clad (COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic precaution) during an official parade commemorating "Police Day" at the Martyrs' Square in the GNA-held capital Tripoli on October 8, 2020. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Security forces of Libya's UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) march while mask-clad (COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic precaution) during an official parade commemorating "Police Day" at the Martyrs' Square in the GNA-held capital Tripoli on October 8, 2020. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

The United Nations mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced that the first in-person political talks between the North African country’s rival authorities will take place in Tunisia next month.

The UNSMIL said in a statement that Tunisia will host "the first face-to-face meeting" of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) "in early November, following preparatory virtual consultations".

The UN mission said the dialog will aim “to generate consensus on a unified governance framework and arrangements that will lead to the holding of national elections in the shortest possible time-frame.”


Participants in the dialogue will be drawn from “key Libyan constituencies... and with a firm commitment to the meaningful participation of Libyan women and youth", the statement added.

The UNSMIL also said it will strive to ensure “broad consultations, transparency, and a rights-based approach during this Libyan-led and Libyan-owned process in which multiple voices will be heard”.

The closed-door talks, dubbed "Libyan Dialogue”, were held at the initiative of Morocco, which also hosted peace talks in 2015 that led to the creation of the Tripoli-based GNA.

The rival administrations announced separately on August 22 that they would cease all hostilities and hold nationwide elections, drawing praise from world powers.

Also at a January summit in the German capital city of Berlin, the main countries involved in the Libyan conflict agreed to respect an arms embargo and to stop interfering in Libya's domestic affairs.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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