Today, at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, a round of dialogue was launched between the Libyan parties at the level of the advisory committee, which emerged from the political forum for dialogue that took place in Tunis last November, and the round of dialogue aims to agree on mechanisms for choosing the executive authority as part of efforts to end the political crisis in Lybia.
The meetings of the advisory committee aim to agree on the mechanisms for selecting an executive authority for the country represented in a presidential council composed of a president, two deputies and the presidency of the government, and a United Nations spokesperson in Geneva said that the Libyan advisory committee would work within a specific timeframe so that the elections would take place on December 24th. .
A United Nations spokesperson in Geneva said that time is limited before the advisory committee consisting of 18 members representing various Libyan regions and political formations, referring to the agreement of the parties to the conflict in Libya to hold elections at the end of this year.
Today, at 10:30 p.m., the meeting of the advisory committee emanating from the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum started with the anthem …
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Al-Jazeera correspondent in Geneva, Mohamed Al-Bakkali, said that the dialogue session is taking place behind closed doors, adding that there is a state of relief among the participants in the meeting and the UN mission and ambassadors of major countries in Tripoli.
The correspondent explained that the task of the members of the advisory committee is to reach an agreed formula regarding the mechanism for selecting members of the Presidency Council and the presidency of the government, adding that there is an agreement that the President of the Presidency Council should be from the eastern region, and the head of government from the western region, but differences still exist regarding the nomination mechanism. And choose personalities for these positions.
Duration of sessions
The sessions are scheduled to continue until next Saturday under the auspices of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, Acting Stephanie Williams.
The American ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, said yesterday that the meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Forum for Political Dialogue “comes at a critical juncture in the political process.” The ambassador added in a tweet on Twitter that “the members of the committee have the ability to place the aspirations of all Libyans above the interests of some Libyan and foreign parties.”
1/2 Ambassador Norland: “I wish the members of the Advisory Committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum success in their meeting this week in Geneva, which comes at a critical juncture in the political process. Committee members have the ability to place the aspirations of all Libyans above the interests of some Libyan and foreign parties. # Libya
— U.S. Embassy – Libya (@USAEmbassyLibya) January 12, 2021
On January 3, the UN representative in Libya announced the establishment of the advisory committee, with the aim of discussing the choice of a unified executive authority, and making concrete and practical recommendations in this regard.
Libya suffers from a split in the legislative and executive institutions, which resulted in an armed conflict that claimed civilian lives, as well as massive material damage.
With the support of Arab and Western countries, the forces of the retired Major General Khalifa Haftar have struggled for years against the internationally recognized Libyan government, legitimacy and authority, and despite progress made on the political and military tracks towards finding a solution to the conflict, Haftar’s forces violate from time to time the ceasefire in place since October 23 The last first was sponsored by the United Nations.