Libya 'unity' deal could be ready in 2 days - UN
23 March 2015, 11:37
Skhirat - The UN's Libya envoy said on Sunday documents to
pave the way for a unity government for the "fragmented" country have
been delayed but could still be ready within two days.
Speaking in Morocco, where he has been working with
representatives of Libya's rival parliaments to nail down the agreement,
Bernardino Leon blamed the delay on fighting around Tripoli over the past two
"For the moment, no one is leaving. We have had a
difficult moment... and after these attacks there was a possibility either to
cancel the dialogue or to lose some of the delegations," Leon told
Libya has two governments and parliaments, and on Friday the
internationally recognised cabinet said loyalist forces had launched an
offensive to "liberate" Tripoli.
The capital was seized in August by Fajr Libya, a militia
alliance which includes Islamists that has installed its own government and
legislature in Tripoli.
The Tripoli parliament's delegation threatened to walk out
of the talks in the Moroccan resort of Skhirat when the fighting erupted.
But Leon said the delegates "agreed that at the end of
the day, even with this military escalation, it is more important what we are
trying to do here. It is more important to stay here."
"Libya is not divided into two camps. Libya is
fragmented," said Leon, adding that the delegates in Morocco have
"strong support back home".
There would be further consultations Sunday and Monday aimed
at preparing the documents on the unity government as well as security
arrangements, he said.
"The documents... might be ready soon, maybe tomorrow
[Monday] or after tomorrow and then we expect to start the next stage of the
talks," Leon said.
"We will try to add to the two documents some
principles that can be the basis for a final agreement."
Leon had hoped to nail a draft deal by Sunday, which would
have capped three consecutive days of discussions.
But he said he spent the day consulting the delegates and
insisted again "that since there is no military solution for Libya... they
should stay and they should work" at clinching a political deal.
"I can confirm that everybody is on board, everybody is
here and hopefully these consultations by tomorrow will produce positive
results and all delegations will resume their work," he added.