News ID: 322428
Published: 0347 GMT June 20, 2022

No deal as UN's latest Libya mediation effort ends

No deal as UN's latest Libya mediation effort ends
MARTIAL TREZZINI/EPA

Stephanie Williams

Rival sides in Libya's long-running conflict concluded their latest round of United Nations-led talks on Monday without reaching a deal on rules for long-delayed elections, the UN said.

The presidential and parliamentary elections, originally set for December 2021, were meant to cap a UN-led peace process following the end of the last serious round of violence in the country from 2019-2020, according to AFP.

But the vote never took place due to the presence of contentious candidates and deep disagreements over the polls' legal basis between rival power centres in the east and west of the country.

Representatives of the Tripoli-based High Council of State and of the parliament, based in eastern Libya, began meetings in Cairo more than a week ago, but without success.

"The third and final round of negotiations between the Joint House of Representatives and High Council of State Committee on the Libyan Constitutional Track drew to a close in the early morning of 20 June," said Stephanie Williams, the UN's top official on Libya.

"Differences persist on the measures governing the transitional period leading to elections," she said in a statement.

She insisted that the sides had "achieved a great deal of consensus on the contentious articles in the Libyan Draft Constitution" and thanked them for their "efforts to resolve their differences on a number of complex issues".

She urged the two sides to meet again within 10 days "to bridge outstanding issues".

Williams noted that some 2.8 million of Libya's nearly 7 million people had registered to vote amid a rare period of optimism following a landmark October 2020 ceasefire.

The political standoff has deepened since March, when parliament appointed a new administration to replace that of interim leader Abdulhamid Dbeibah, arguing that his mandate has expired.

But Dbeibah has refused to hand over power to anything other than an elected government.

 

 

 

   
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