New round of UN-facilitated talks on Libya begin in Morocco

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Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León briefs the press. Photo: UNSMIL

A new round of UN-facilitated talks on Libya has convened in the Moroccan city of Skhirat on Friday.

The talks will allow participants to follow up on previous discussions on the formation of a consensual national unity government in Libya.

Security arrangements to end fighting and ways to ensure the withdrawal of armed groups from Libyan cities are also on the agenda.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The talks hope to bring an end to factional fighting that has destabilized the country following the overthrow of Muammar al-Qhadafi nearly four years ago.

The UN Mission in Libya, UNSMIL, said it is confident that the Libyan participants are coming to the talks prepared to address issues in a spirit of openness and reconciliation.

The goal is to reach a political agreement to bring peace and stability to Libya.

Farhan Haq is the Deputy UN Spokesperson.

” As a press conference in Morocco earlier today, the Secretary-General's Special Representative, Bernardino Leon, called the current talks a decisive round, especially given the increase in fighting and airstrikes in recent days, both in Libya and the region. Mr. Leon said that the negotiators are not only there to talk, but also to reach an agreement. He reiterated that only an agreement reached by relevant parties will allow Libya to get out of the crisis.”

The UN recently expressed deep disappointment that attacks against civilians and key infrastructure in Libya continue despite repeated calls to avoid the risk of escalating tensions.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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