Libya: UN Optimism On Talks Belies War Preparations On The Ground

Ongoing fighting and the determination of both sides to scale up their armed capabilities continue to cast a shadow over talks on a unity government.

Talks on the formation of a unity government in Libya resumed in mid-April after a hiatus of more than two weeks. But as with the previous round of talks in late March, the negotiations were held against a backdrop of continued fighting. Forces linked to both the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) and the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) are meanwhile actively seeking to increase their armed capacity.

A new round of negotiations between representatives of the HoR and the GNC began in the Moroccan capital Rabat on 15 April to discuss a draft agreement on the political transition drawn up by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The talks are “to agree with all the participants on what could be a final document,” said Bernardino Leon, the UN Special Representative for Libya. (CONTINUED - 2044 WORDS)