Peace talks in Libya reconvene

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Participants to the UN-mediated Libyan dialogue on arrival in the western city of Ghedames. Photo: UNSMIL

Peace talks in Libya reconvened in the city of Ghadames on Wednesday, facilitated by the UN Support Mission in the country, UNSMIL.

For the first time, all invited participants reportedly attended the talks, which UNSMIL said were conducted in a constructive and positive atmosphere.

Libya has been plagued by factional fighting since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown in a popular uprising nearly four years ago.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

In addition to the long awaited political dialogue, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, held separate meetings with the delegations.

He briefed them about the process and its phases, praising the positive spirit of the participants.

The UN Mission in Libya, UNSMIL, said the parties agreed on a clear timetable that takes into consideration the wishes of the different groups in order to reach a speedy political solution.

They also shared the common goal of ending further security and political deterioration that threaten the country’s unity.

These discussions will continue at another round of dialogue in the coming days.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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