AU says dialogue 'inevitable' in Libya

AU envoy to Libya Dileita Mohamed Dileita said the "talk of the gun" would do nothing to serve the best interests of the Libyan people

AU says dialogue 'inevitable' in Libya

World Bulletin/News Desk

The African Union (AU) on Saturday ruled out the possibility that the conflict in Libya could be resolved militarily, noting that dialogue was inevitable for the restive North African country's factions.

AU envoy to Libya Dileita Mohamed Dileita said the "talk of the gun" would do nothing to serve the best interests of the Libyan people.

"The collapse of the Libyan state would be complete if the international community joined hands to rescue the country and help it avoid being engulfed in conflicts that can bring an end to it," Dileita told Anadolu Agency.

He casted doubt over the possibility that the Libyan conflict could be resolved by military means, attributing this to the country's complicated tribal nature and geography as well as to what he described as "regional factors."

Dileita said the only solution in Libya would be a political one, noting that the AU would present a roadmap for ending the conflict in cooperation with Libya's neighboring countries and other concerned powers, including the United States.

Libya has been dogged by political instability since the 2011 ouster and death of long-ruling strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Ever since, rival militias have frequently locked horns, often bringing violence to Libya's main cities, especially Tripoli and Benghazi.

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

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

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

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

 

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