A source in the “5 + 5” military committee said that all the understandings reached by the two parties to the Libyan conflict in the Geneva negotiations “are preliminary understandings that need to put in place an implementation mechanism to be agreed upon later,” while other discussions are taking place in Lausanne regarding the form of the state, the government of national unity, and other files. .
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, a source in the Al-Wefaq government expected not to sign a final agreement with the delegation of Haftar’s forces, which is the agreement after which the agreed 90-day period for the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries from Libya is supposed to begin.
He added that the most difficult file in the negotiations of the two parties is that the Sirte and Jufrah regions in central Libya be demilitarized, and he made clear that the reconciliation government delegation is pressing in this direction, and that there is an initial acceptance from Haftar’s delegation.
The source stated that the fourth round of negotiations will conclude its work on Friday, and that the UN mission in Libya is responsible for coming up with a final statement or not.
In Lausanne, Switzerland, other discussions are taking place between representatives of the House of Representatives in Tobruk and the upper house of the state, the Presidential Council of the Government of Accord, supporters of the former regime and the Justice and Construction Party, and others from the cities of Misurata and Zintan, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
These talks are being conducted by the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue and sponsored by the UN mission in Libya.
A source involved in the Lausanne meetings told Al-Jazeera that this round is a continuation of the “Montreux” talks, which were held from 7 to 9 September last.
These discussions pave the way for the Libyan Political Forum to be held in Tunis from 8 to 11 November.
The source added that the delegations meeting in Lausanne are discussing mechanisms for reconfiguring the Presidency Council, establishing a national unity government, and criteria for selecting government ministers and separating them from the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord.
In the previous “Montreux” meetings, delegations agreed on holding presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of an 18-month transitional period in accordance with a constitutional framework to be agreed upon.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the head of the Libyan Supreme Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, spoke about what he called walking in the right direction on the road to ending the transitional phase the country is experiencing.
During a press conference in Rabat with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, Al-Mishri said, “We are working on activating the sovereign positions agreement, and how to go to the presidential and parliamentary elections, and we have started walking with our Moroccan brothers in the right framework to end the transitional phase.”
As for the United Nations Acting Special Envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, she expressed her optimism about the possibility of reaching a permanent ceasefire in the country.
Williams said that she bases her optimism on the atmosphere of “seriousness and commitment” that characterized the first direct talks of the Libyan Joint Military Committee, which represents the two parties to the Libyan conflict.