The sessions of the second round of the Libyan dialogue between the delegation of the Supreme Council of the State and the delegation of Parliament in Tobruk are continuing in the Moroccan city of Bouznika, while the second round of the Berlin conference on the Libyan crisis is taking place today.
At the end of the second day, the two negotiating delegations announced that the dialogue sessions would continue in order to reach a comprehensive consensus regarding the procedures for implementing Article 15 of the mechanisms for selecting the occupants of the sovereign positions.
The Anadolu Agency quoted a member of the Libyan Supreme Council of State – preferring not to be named because he is not authorized to speak with the media – that the parties to the dialogue in the Moroccan city of Bouznika have completed 80% of the consultations for leadership and sovereign positions in the country.
He added that the delegations of the High Council of State and the House of Representatives in Tobruk would send a positive message regarding Morocco’s understandings to those gathered in the “Berlin 2” conference, indicating that the message would call on the international community to support Morocco’s efforts to settle the Libyan crisis.
The first round of the Libyan dialogue in Bouznika, at the beginning of last month, culminated in the announcement by the two parties that they had reached a comprehensive agreement regarding sovereign positions, and an agreement to complete the dialogue in Morocco.
In the context of the Libyan crisis, too, a ministerial meeting on Libya will be held today in the German capital Berlin, via a television circuit and sponsored by Germany and international.
Today’s meeting includes the so-called “expanded Berlin formula”, the “international follow-up committee” and all the neighboring countries of Libya, and the meeting will be chaired by the German foreign minister and the UN Secretary-General.
Berlin says that the meeting seeks to confirm the role of the United Nations as a key to mediation, to evaluate the outcomes of the first Berlin conference that was held 9 months ago, to accelerate ceasefire efforts, and to put an end to violations of the arms embargo.
Morocco refuses to participate
Morocco refused to participate in the Berlin 2 conference on the Libyan crisis, according to Anadolu Agency, citing an official in the Moroccan Foreign Ministry.
The official, who preferred not to be named, said that Rabat received an invitation to participate in the conference on Monday, and that Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita refused it.
The Moroccan official did not give further details on the subject, but the reason is likely to be the exclusion of Morocco from the first edition of the conference.
And last January, Morocco expressed its surprise at its exclusion from the Berlin conference on Libya, according to the Moroccan Foreign Ministry.
The ministry said, in a statement at the time, that the Kingdom of Morocco has always been at the forefront of international efforts aimed at settling the Libyan crisis.