Libyan rivals set for Paris talks to agree on political roadmap


Paris (UNA-OIC) � Libyan rivals will meet on Tuesday in Paris to agree on a political roadmap that aims to resolve disputed issues to pave the way for UN-backed elections this year.

UN Special Envoy Ghassan Salame, who has been leading the latest push to unify and stabilize Libya, told the Security Council last Monday that he had given up trying to amend a stalled 2015 Libyan Political Agreement and was instead focusing on holding elections this year.

Once we have this roadmap we will have outlined the commitments from all sides and the next steps, a French presidential adviser told reporters in a briefing, adding: The terms of Mr. Salame's mission will be clearer.

Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, eastern Libya commander Khalifa Haftar, President of the eastern House of Representatives Aguila Saleh and President of the High Council of State Khaled Al-Mishri, have all been invited to the meeting, which would encourage the parties to quickly adopt the necessary arrangements for the staging of elections this year.

A draft of the 13-point non-binding political roadmap includes the call for the immediate unification of the Central Bank and a commitment to support the creation of a national army. It also agrees to an inclusive political national conference within three months.

Source: International Islamic News Agency