Libyan factions to hold new round of talks Wednesday

Participating in the talks are representatives of the Tobruk-based parliament, several MPs who are boycotting parliamentary sessions, civil society representatives and a delegation from the Tripoli-based General National Congress.

Libyan factions to hold new round of talks Wednesday

World Bulletin / News Desk

A fresh round of negotiations between Libya's rivals will take place on Wednesday in the country's southwestern city of Ghadames, a spokesman for the city's local council has said.

A United Nations team arrived in Ghadames on Tuesday to make final preparations for the talks, Basheer Shehab told The Anadolu Agency.

According to city council officials, necessary arrangements for hosting the talks have been finalized.

Sources said most participants in the talks have already arrived in neighboring Tunisia and will head to Ghadames on Wednesday.

Participating in the talks are representatives of the Tobruk-based parliament, several MPs who are boycotting parliamentary sessions, civil society representatives and a delegation from the Tripoli-based General National Congress.

Military officials will not be participating in Wednesday's talks, sources told AA.

Lawlessness

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned of increasing turmoil and lawlessness in Libya in a report Tuesday, as violence by hundreds of armed groups has created a deep political crisis.

"(The report) paints a bleak picture of increasing turmoil and lawlessness, fanned by a multitude of heavily armed groups amid a broadening political crisis," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville said in a press conference at the UN headquarters in Geneva Tuesday. "During 2014, civilians were victims of indiscriminate artillery and air attacks."

Libya is facing the worst political crisis and escalation of violence since the 2011 armed conflict, the report said, as the number of fighters belonging to different groups surpassed 200,000.

The number of internally displaced people in Libya rose from 60,000 at the beginning of 2014 to an estimated 400,000 by mid-November, the report said.

The findings also documented "numerous incidents of targeted violence, with cases of harassment, intimidation, torture, numerous abductions and summary executions of human rights defenders, civil society activists, journalists and other media professionals, as well as members of the judiciary, politicians and law enforcement officers." 

"Migrants face arbitrary detention and very poor conditions of detention," the report, which will be formally presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March, added.

Meanwhile, Geneva’s UN office spokeswoman Corinne Momal-Vanian said Tuesday that a Libyan political dialogue meeting in Geneva this week has been canceled.

Libya remains in a state of turmoil since the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011. Rival militias have frequently clashed in the country's main cities, including capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.

Political divisions have yielded two rival seats of government in the country, each with its own institutions.

Vying for legislative authority are the newly-elected House of Representatives, which convenes in Tobruk, and the General National Congress, which – even though its mandate has ended – continues to convene in Tripoli.

The assemblies support different governments headquartered in the two respective cities.

 

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