Rival parliament says U.N. talks must be held inside Libya

Libya's Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) agreed to participate in a UN-sponsored national dialogue, provided that the dialogue is held inside Libya.

Rival parliament says U.N. talks must be held inside Libya

World Bulletin/News Desk

Libya's rival parliament decided on Sunday that it would attend U.N.-sponsored peace talks only if they were held inside Libya, officials said.

Nearly four years after a NATO-backed revolt ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is in turmoil. Two rival governments and two parliaments are backed by armed factions who Western governments fear may drag the country into civil war.

The United Nations last week brought factions vying for control of Libya together in Geneva, but key representatives from the self-declared government and associated parliament based in the capital Tripoli stayed away.

The Tripoli assembly, known as the General National Congress (GNC), proposed to hold the talks in the remote southern city of Ghat, its spokesman Omar Hmeidan said. "Talks must be in Ghat, not in Geneva."

GNC member Abduqader Hawaili said 100 of the 110 members attending Sunday's session of the GNC had voted in favour of the proposal.

The internationally recognised government, under Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, and the elected House of Representatives have operated out of the east since the Libya Dawn faction took over Tripoli in the summer, set up its own government and revived the old parliament, the GNC.

In September, the United Nations held a first round of talks bringing together rival factions in the southern city of Ghadames, but little progress has been made.

Libya's conflict involves a myriad of militias, factions and armed groups who helped to topple Gaddafi but are loyal above all to local or regional leaders, making any agreement hard to reach or enforce.

Thinni's government is recognised by the United Nations and Western powers, but the Tripoli administration controls ministries, airports, some oil facilities and much of western Libya.

Last Mod: 18 Ocak 2015, 17:19
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