UN ends month-long Libya talks in Tunisia without proposing new date

October 22, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Tunis (OIC-UNA) � Month-long UN-backed talks aimed at bridging differences between rival Libyan factions ended on Saturday with no discernable progress toward stabilizing the country and paving the way for elections, Reuters reported.

A month ago, United Nations Special Envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame announced a one-year action plan for a transition toward presidential and parliamentary elections. Since then the United Nations has hosted in Tunis delegations from rival parliaments from eastern Libya and Tripoli, which are meant to draw up amendments to a previous UN-mediated plan signed in December 2015.

But at the end of the second round of talks, Salame said only that discussions would continue, without giving a new date.

“There are some areas of consensus … but there are parts which need discussions with the political leaderships inside Libya,” Salame told reporters, without giving details.

Delegates will return to Libya on Sunday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement, adding that Salame will go to Tripoli next week to discuss how to move the talks forward.

Under the new UN plan, once amendments have been agreed a national conference is meant to approve the members of a transitional government that would run the country until elections.

Source: International Islamic News Agency