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Libya talks in Geneva end without breakthrough

Libya talks in Geneva end without breakthrough

LIBYAN legislative leaders quit talks in Geneva on a constitution and elections without reaching a deal, pausing diplomacy to resolve a standoff that has imperilled a two-year peace process. The talks between the House of Representatives and High State Council legislative bodies were aimed at agreeing on a constitutional basis and interim arrangements for elections that were originally scheduled for December 2021. Many Libyans fear that a failure to set a path to elections and resolve an existing dispute about control of an interim government will thrust the country back towards territorial division or conflict. Since the planned December election…
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Breakthrough on draft Lybian constitution

Breakthrough on draft Lybian constitution

THE United Nations secretary general's special adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams, said that the Joint Committee between the Libyan House of Representatives and the High Council of State on Constitutional Track has reached "an initial consensus" on 137 articles of a draft constitution. "I am particularly pleased that you were able to agree on Chapter 2 on the rights and freedoms, as well as on the Chapters on legislative and judicial authority,' Williams said in a statement. The developments were welcomed by the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, who said that the "rapprochement between the House of Representatives and the…
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U.N. Libya adviser aims for elections agreement this month

U.N. Libya adviser aims for elections agreement this month

A senior United Nations Libya official is seeking agreement this month on election laws and constitutional arrangements, she told Reuters, with rival factions locked in a dangerous stand-off. Stephanie Williams said she wanted the talks between members of the parliament and High State Council, the country's two recognised legislative bodies, to take place before Ramadan, which is expected to start on April 1. Libya faces a political crisis after the parliament last week swore in a new government with the incumbent administration refusing to cede power amid the fallout from a failed attempt to hold national elections in December. Each…
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U.N. acting Libya envoy ‘optimistic’ on ceasefire talks

U.N. acting Libya envoy ‘optimistic’ on ceasefire talks

STEPHANIE NEBEHAY THE United Nations' acting Libya envoy is "quite optimistic" that ongoing talks between the warring sides would lead to a lasting ceasefire after they agreed to reopen land and air routes across front lines. Speaking midway through week-long talks, Stephanie Williams said the sides had also agreed to maintain "the current state of calm on the front lines and avoid any military escalation". Khalifa Haftar "That is why I continue to be very optimistic that the parties here are going to reach a more lasting and permanent ceasefire," she told a news conference at the U.N. in Geneva.…
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