Benghazi group boycotts Libya dialogue

In a statement, the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council said that dialogue came upon a "suspicion invitation" and argued that it was not based on "solid foundations."

Benghazi group boycotts Libya dialogue

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, a pro-Islamist group based in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, was the latest to announce its boycott of a U.N.-sponsored dialogue that aims at ending Libya's spiraling political crisis.

In a statement, the group said that dialogue came upon a "suspicion invitation" and argued that it was not based on "solid foundations."

The council also said that the dialogue aims to "exclude the revolutionaries from the scene."

Earlier, the Dar al-Ifta, the government-run body responsible for issuing religious verdicts in the country, and the independent Libya Scholars Council called, in a joint statement, for shunning the dialogue meetings.

Pro-Islamist groups united under the banner of 'Dawn of Libya' campaign also rejected the dialogue and said it would stick to the "military option."

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

In the three years since, rival militias have frequently clashed in Libya's main cities – including capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi – while the central government has often appeared absent from the scene.

The sharp political 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: a newly-elected House of Representatives, which convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk; and the outgoing General National Congress, which – though its mandate expired in August – continues to convene in Tripoli.

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

On Monday, representatives from the two legislatures met in Ghadames, western Libya, for the opening session of the U.N.-mediated dialogue. The session was attended by representatives from the United States, France, Britain and Italy.

During the session, the deputies agreed to work towards a cease-fire, opening safe corridors to civilians in the areas of clashes and treating the injured. The dialogue would resume after the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Last Mod: 01 Ekim 2014, 12:40
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