UN calls for compromise in divided Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged Libyans, divided with rival governments and beset by violence, to work together ahead of hoped-for elections.

The 15-member council gave its full support to a plan by the new UN envoy Ghassan Salame for legislative and presidential ballots by July next year.

It “strongly urges all Libyans to work together in a spirit of compromise and to engage constructively in the inclusive political process”, a declaration said.

Years of political turmoil in Libya have followed the 2011 overthrow of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

A mass of migrants have made the lawless country their launchpad into Europe, and the United States has carried out air strikes against Islamic State group jihadists in the North African state.

Salame, appointed UN envoy in July, last month outlined his plan under which a new constitution must be put before a referendum, paving the way for elections.

He also announced that a national conference would be held to reintegrate all the country’s “ostracised or marginalised” actors.

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