New round of peace talks for Libya to start this week

A new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving Libya’s political crisis will kick-off later this week as stakeholders from the North African country prepare to gather in Morocco, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced.
“The parties underscored the need to urgently resume the dialogue process as the only viable means of finding a peaceful solution to Libya’s political crisis and bringing a durable end to the military conflict that has brought much suffering to the Libyan people,” the Mission confirmed in a statement issued earlier today.
UNSMIL noted that the parties had agreed to the UN proposal for the upcoming round of talks and were prepared to focus on addressing the formation of a government of national unity, including the discussion about the future prime minister and deputy prime ministers.
Moreover, the Mission added, the stakeholders would also discuss security arrangements to pave the way for a comprehensive ceasefire, the phased withdrawal of all armed groups from towns and cities, measures for weapons and arms control, and adequate monitoring and implementation mechanisms as well as the completion of the constitution drafting process within clear timelines.
“The Libyan people have paid a huge price and have suffered much over the past months,” continued the statement. “At this critical juncture in Libya’s transition and in view of a rapidly diminishing window of opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Libya, UNSMIL appeals to all parties to approach the next round of talks with a spirit of constructive engagement and strong sense of national responsibility.”

The Mission also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in order to create “a conducive environment for the talks” and urged all parties to “desist from engaging in reciprocal attacks that only serve to escalate tensions and contribute to further violence.”

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