Libyan parties Leave Egypt following talks to discuss agreed points

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Wed, 14 Oct 2020 - 02:54 GMT

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises during a fight between members of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces and Eastern forces in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ayman al-Sahili

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises during a fight between members of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces and Eastern forces in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ayman al-Sahili

CAIRO - 14 October 2020: Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath TV reported that the factions that took part in the Libyan talks in Egypt have returned to Libya to discuss the agreed points with their respective authorities.

 

Earlier, the head of the Libyan Revival Bloc, Aref al-Nayed, suggested to the Secretary-General of the United Nations to return to the only source of legitimacy, which is the sovereign choice of the Libyan people, according to the principle of guaranteed self-determination defined by the General Charter of the United Nations.

 

Nayed clarified that holdingpresidential or parliamentary elections, which isa necessary right for the Libyan people, can only be achieved through a solid constitutional basis agreed upon by the Libyan people.

 

In his letter to Guterres, Nayedsuggested the United Nations organize a comprehensive national referendum to avoid serious disputes and divisionsbecause there is no consensus on suchconstitutional basis at the present moment.

 

He pointed out that this Libyan constitutional referendum will allow citizensto choose one offive Libyan founding documents, namely the 1951 constitution, the amended 1951 constitution in 1963, the declaration of the establishment of the people's authority in 1977, the constitutional declaration of 2011 with the decisions of the February Committee and Resolution 5 of 2014, and the draft constituent body for drafting the 2017 constitution.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Previously, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with LAAF head, Commander KhalifaHaftar, and Libyan Parliamentary Speaker AguilaSalehin Cairo, to discuss ways 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.

 

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