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Libya’s national conference: step towards success

Several local and international initiatives were held last year to solve the Libyan crisis but they did not reach a real solution. In 2019, we have no real results for these initiatives.

A Libyan national conference is scheduled to be held soon and the international community is awaiting for positive results to solve the crisis.

In February, the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Libya, Ghassan Salame, hosted a meeting between the President of the Presidency Council, Faiez al-Sarraj, and the Commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.

Both parties, Al-Sarraj and Haftar, agreed during the meeting on the need to end the transitional stage in Libya through holding general elections. They also agreed on ways to maintain stability in the country and unify its institutions.

The adviser of the Libyan Political Dialogue Committee, Ashraf Al-Sheh, said on Wednesday the outcome of the Abu Dhabi meeting between Al-Sarraj and Haftar will be on the agenda of the Libyan national conference that will be held under the auspices of the U.N. mission in Libya.

Al-Sheh added that the Secretary General of the UN will be attending the final session of the upcoming conference and then the outcome will be sent to the Arab League summit in Tunisia and after that to the UN Security Council for making obliging resolutions.

Salame discussed with the Head of the High Council of State (HCS), Khalid Al-Mashri, the preparations for the conference to develop a perception about the latest political developments in the country.

Al-Mashri said the HCS is the only body who took seriously the national conference, revealing fears that the conference would fail for lack of strong guarantees to implement its outputs, in addition to some actors who are hindering the process.

The intervention of the international parties in the Libyan interior, with the lack of seriousness of some parties in adhering to the international conference plan, remain an obstacle to the UN mission. While the presidential and parliamentary elections will end the long-running political conflict in Libya.

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