Libyan Parties Agree to Continue Discussions


Members of the Libyan Parliament, and the High Council of State, recently met and participated in high level negotiations in Cairo. They agreed to continue discussions to end the initial phase and begin permanent arrangements.

The two delegations expressed their desire to hold a second round of negotiations in Cairo. This is to complete constructive discussions on the constitutional arrangements.

The meeting’s participants issued a statement at the end of their 3-day meeting in Cairo. The joint statement confirmed that the dialogue sessions witnessed legal discussions about the possibility of a referendum on the current draft constitution.

“The second round for talks will be held to enforce the Parliament to conduct a societal dialogue. This is in order to reach a consensus, that would allow the country to move forward on the constitutional path,” the joint statement said.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) stressed the necessity of concluding a legal agreement that would guarantee consensual constitutional arrangements, allowing the implementation of the comprehensive political agreement.

The warring parties recently returned to the negotiating table, where talks were held in Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt. Members of the Tobruk-based Libyan Parliament, and the Tripoli-based High Council of State, met with the aim of reaching a comprehensive settlement of the crisis.

Cairo hosted 3-day talks, under the auspices of the United Nations from 11-13 October.