Libya: UN Efforts To Mediate Run Into Headwinds

The deep divide between the elected government and the Islamists in control of Tripoli will not be bridged any time soon, but a civil war may yet be avoided.

United Nations efforts to bring Libya’s opposing factions to the negotiating table are exposing divisions that will be difficult to overcome through dialogue.

The UN’s Libya mission has delayed until next week talks between the elected government and an Islamist renegade government in control of the capital Tripoli, after a 9 December deadline could not be met. A first round of talks held in September did not yield any results. (CONTINUED - 2069 WORDS)