Libyan factions in the city of Palermo in Italy have agreed on the UN plan for peace in Libya. Participants have agreed to support reconciliation first before establishing the constitutional and electoral entitlements.
After being invited by Italy to hold a conference in the city of Palermo, Libyan factions and actors have agreed to implement the UN plan for stability and peace in Libya. Throughout the two-day conference, which was hosted by Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte and attended by Libyan leaders including the Libyan National Army’s commander Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, Libyan leaders along with International actors debated on the next steps that must be taken in order to end country’s crises.
During the conference, three different solutions were offered to the leaders.
Amongst these solutions, was the holding of the Libyan elections following a “National Forum,” which will be held early next year. During the National Forum, Libyan leaders will adopt the principles and timetables for the elections as well as their present their progress in unifying the countries institution.
During the final statement of the conference, the Italian Prime Minister said that he considered the talks successful.
“The abundant and qualified Libyan presence that has come here is an encouraging sign and a call to move Libya towards stability,” said PM Guiseppe Conte.
Before holding of the conference, Italy along with other states was afraid that Field Marshall Haftar was not going to attend the conference, signaling his refusal to end the crisis. However, Haftar attended the conference, indicating that he along with other Libyan leaders are ready to move the country forward.
“At this conference, I saw a consensus that supports the UN plan of action and supports the work to achieve political security and economic gains in Libya,” Ghassan Salameh, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
“I consider this to be a successful conference and an important stage in our common struggle to return peace and security to the Libyan people.
Despite a similar agreement taking place last May in Paris, the relative success of the conference in Italy is a promising development in the situation in Libya.