By Libya Herald reporter.
Malta, 14 March 2015:
The UNSMIL-led Libya dialogue between the two main conflicting coalitions in Libya will resume in . . .[restrict]Morocco next Thursday, the UN body announced yesterday.
The announcement comes after the House of Representatives’ negotiating team had declined to attend Friday’s scheduled talks citing the need for further consultation with back in Tobruk with the House of Representatives.
UNSMIL said in its statement that Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon, had held meetings with participants to the Libyan political dialogue on Friday.
It reported that ‘‘substantive and procedural issues on the way forward were discussed’’, and ‘’in order to allow more time for consultations, UNSMIL has proposed to resume the dialogue sessions on Thursday 19 March 2015 in Morocco. Work will continue on the draft documents that were presented in the earlier discussions’’, it added.
Furthermore, the statement added that ‘’the participants renewed their commitment to the dialogue as the sole mechanism for the resolution of political differences and the need to work quickly to reach agreement to draw Libya out of its crisis and bring peace and stability’’.
‘’The Mission looks forward to active engagement by all participants during the upcoming sessions, and urges them to seize the momentum generated by the 5-7 March round of political dialogue in Morocco, build on the progress made and not to waste the opportunity the talks provide to bring peace to their country’’.
‘’UNSMIL and the participants emphasise the importance of other tracks in support of the main dialogue track. The progress made on these tracks serves to boost the overall efforts towards a political solution. These tracks include meetings of representatives of political parties and political activists, representatives of municipalities as well as armed groups and tribal and societal personalities’’, the statement concluded. [/restrict]