The UN mission in Libya has declared a direct dialogue between the country’s adversaries will be organized early next month in neighboring Tunisia.
Indeed, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) reported in a statement Saturday: Tunisia will host “the first face-to-face meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in early November, following preparatory virtual consultations.
The aim of forum is to generate consensus on a unified governance framework and arrangements that will lead to the holding of national elections in the shortest possible timeframe.
Libya has suffered almost a decade of violent disorder since the 2011 NATO-backed rebellion that stopped and killed veteran dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The two main parties are the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and a parliament in the eastern city of Tobruk. Furthermore, the efforts established to push the political process in Libya have been frequently disturbed since an agreement signed in Morocco in December 2015.
However, many hopes for a solution to the crisis have increased but, after the two main warring factions separately declared in August they would cease hostilities. A series of UN-backed talks in Morocco, Egypt and Switzerland were followed the move.
UNSMIL related that it has made it a requirement for participants to the LPDF to recuse themselves from political and sovereign positions in any new executive arrangement… and to refrain from the use of hate speech and incitement to violence.
The statement added that participants will be drawn from key Libyan constituencies… and with a firm commitment to the meaningful participation of Libyan women and youth.