• publish: 16 July 2015
  • time: 11:27 am
  • category: International
  • No: 321

Libya Peace Talks Delayed Again as Tripoli Government Resists

Talks on forming a unity government in Libya to end the country’s civil war will resume next week after one of the main factions rejected a United Nations-brokered deal.

Libya government, based in the eastern city of Tobruk, and smaller groups agreed on the plan last week after negotiations in Morocco. The government’s main rival, the administration in Tripoli, declined to sign up.

The talks are on hold for a few days until the end of Ramadan and Eid holidays, according to a Security Council diplomat who asked not to be identified in line with rules. The final round is expected to last several weeks and will focus on the make-up of the government, the diplomat said.

Libya has splintered into rival fiefdoms during four years of turmoil after the uprising that ousted Muammar Qaddafi. The conflict has pushed oil production to less than a third of 2010 levels, and hindered efforts to stem a record exodus of African and Middle Eastern migrants, many of whom transit Libya en route to Europe.

The UN’s Libya envoy, Bernardino Leon, told the council on Wednesday that “the door is still open” for the Tripoli government to rejoin the peace process.

There has been discussion at the Security Council of possible sanctions against the Tripoli administration or any other group blocking a deal, said another UN Security Council diplomat, who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

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