Representatives of Libya’s rival administration have reached an agreement in negotiations in Morocco for appointments at their country’s premier institutions.
Discussing the “Libyan Dialogue”, the discussion brought together five participants from the internationally recognized government of the National Assembly (GNA), which controls the capital, Tripoli and the North-West, and from the House of Representatives (H.O.R.) Five other, based eastern city of Tobruk.
Following the meeting in Buznica on Thursday, Idris Omran of HoR read a joint statement to reporters in which the delegates had agreed on “criteria, transparent mechanisms and objectives” for key positions.
He did not provide further details, but said the two sides would meet again during the last week of September so that the mechanism could “finalize the agreement’s implementation and activism”.
The naming of Libya’s central bank, its national oil corporation and the heads of the armed forces has been the main point of contention according to Libyan media.
Parallel to the talks in Morocco, a “consultation” between Libyan stakeholders and members of the UN Assistance Mission in Libya took place this week in Montreux, Switzerland. (UNSMIL).
Held between 7-9 September Under the auspices of Humanitarian Dialogue Center, These meetings were hostile to a call made by rival Libyan administrations on 22 August and a call for nationwide elections.
The Montreux Dialogue “provides a basis for all Libyan stakeholders to chart a path forward”, Said Stephanie Williams, interim envoy to Libya to the United Nations.
Williams also welcomed the meetings in Morocco and said that UNSMIL would try to prepare the ground to resume Libyan political dialogue.
“We call on the international community to support this process and respect the rights of the Libyan people to determine their future, to respect their sovereignty,” he said.
Libya has faced violent chaos for almost a decade since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising and long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was killed.
The oil-rich country has been divided between governments in the East and West since disputed elections and increased fighting in 2014.
The crisis worsened last year when army commander Khalifa Hauptter, whose army controls eastern Libya and supported by Egypt, the UAE and Russia, launched an aggressive campaign to seize Tripoli, Seat of GNA, An administration brought by the UN-brokerage deal in December 2015 following negotiations in Morocco.
Haftar was beaten back by Turkish-backed GNA forces earlier this year and has now ceased fighting around the central city of Sirte, the gateway to Libya’s eastern oil fields and export terminals.
Al Jazeera and news agencies