Libya: Another ‘Historic’ Opportunity For Peace

The UN has injected some impetus into Libya’s stalled peace proceedings with the publication of a new road map. The new plans may yield some progress, but they have had to go several steps back in order to move forward, and many of the obstacles that sunk the last deal will continue to pose considerable challenges.

On 20 September, the new head of the UN’s Libya mission Ghassan Salamé announced the latest ‘action plan’ to right the country’s wrongs. The plan revolves around amending the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), signed in Skhirat in Tunisia in December 2015 but never properly implemented.

The drafting of a new version of the LPA began in Tunisia on 26 September by a body comprising representatives of parliament’s two houses, the Tripoli-based Council of State and the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HOR).

The first week of negotiations on the outskirts of Tunis yielded a “consensus on a number of important issues that need to be amended so that this agreement corresponds to developments in the situation in Libya,” Mr Salamé, a former Lebanese politician and veteran UN diplomat said on 1 October. Once these negotiations are complete, the next step is for a national conference held under UN sponsorship with a view to reaching a final agreement on the new set of terms.


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