Wed, 14 Oct 2020 - 01:58 GMT
Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi during meeting with Libyan tribal leaders in Cairo, Thursday 16 July 2020 – Press Photo
CAIRO - 14 October 2020: Egypt hosted delegates of the Libyan House of Representatives and Libya's Supreme Council of State meetings this week to discuss the constitutional course of the coming stage in their country.
The delegates, in their meetings that ran from Sunday to Tuesday, stressed the importance of ending the transitional stage and starting arrangements for a permanent phase, said a statement issued at the end of their meetings.
They expressed hope for holding the second round of dialogue in Egypt to continue constructive discussions on constitutional arrangements to reach a consensus enabling their country to go ahead with the constitutional track.
They held legal discussions on the possibility of holding a referendum on a draft constitution and several proposals, then urged the participants to reach a legal framework ensuring constitutional arrangements allowing the activation of the comprehensive political agreement.
The delegates showed flexibility in their dialogue and agreed on pursuing discussions, read the statement.
The Libyan constitutional path was launched in Cairo under the auspices of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, to hold consultations between the delegations of Parliament and the High Council of State, on constitutional issues.
The Libyan parties held talks earlier in Hurghada, Egypt. They called for the acceleration of the opening of air and land transportation lines, in a way that guarantees freedom of movement for citizens in all Libyan cities.
The Hurghada talks were under the auspices of the United Nations and called for speeding up the 5-5 joint military committee meetings, with direct meetings the following week.
The talks also called for the immediate release of everyone detained without conditions or restrictions, as well as stopping the campaigns of media escalation and hate speech and replacing themwith the speech of tolerance and reconciliation, to reject violence and terrorism.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya expressed its gratitude to the Egyptian government for its efforts tofacilitatethe convening of this important round of Libyan talks, and commendedthe efforts of the members of the two delegations, welcoming the reached results.
Libya is suffering a severe division between two factions; the Libyan Parliament and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal KhalifaHaftar in the east and the GNA led by Fayez al-Sarraj. The latter is internationally recognized but is not accepted by the Parliament.
Hundreds were killed in continuous battles between the LNA and the forces of the GNA, over the past year.
Earlier, Egypt’s President Sisi met with LAAF head, Commander KhalifaHaftar, and Libyan Parliamentary Speaker AguilaSalehin Cairo, to discuss efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis. Both Libyan officials emphasized that any initiative to solve the crisis in the war-torn country has to include “the removal of Turkish-backed mercenaries and militias”.
It is worth mentioning that GNA Head Fayez al-Sarraj announced earlier in September his intention to resign by the end of October.
In late August, both Saleh and Sarraj announced in two separate statements that they had agreed on a Libya-wide ceasefire.