Morocco to Host Second Libyan Peace Talks

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The Moroccan town of Bouznika, south of the capital Rabat, is set to host a second round of talks between Libya’s warring parties on Sunday. The first round was previously held this month.

According to Moroccan diplomatic sources, the talks are meant to discuss the mechanisms for appointing leaders to key posts.

Speaker of the eastern-based Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh, and President of the High Council of State (HCS) Khaled Al-Mishri, will likely join the meetings, Sky New Arabia reported.

These Talks are due to pave the way for October’s meeting in Geneva. This will include discussions on the post-conflict transitional period, including the restructuring of state institutions.

The UN’s acting Special Representative to Libya, Stephanie Williams, called on the, “International community to shoulder its responsibilities to support this process. As well as to unequivocally respect the Libyan people’s sovereign right to determine their future”.

Libya has been divided between two rival authorities in the east, and west of the country. While the Government of National Accord (GNA) is based in the capital Tripoli, Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) controls the east, and south of the country.

The LNA is backed by Egypt, the UAE, France, and Russia. The GNA is supported by Turkey, and Qatar.

On 22 August, both parties declared a ceasefire, an end to hostilites, and agreed to hold elections in 2021.