Martin Kobler, now often referred to as SRSG or Special Representative of the Secretary General in Libya, has just released a new statement that sets December 16th as the target date for signing the UN-brokered Libya Political Agreement(LPA).
We had two days of very intense discussions with the Libyan Political Dialogue, and I was very happy to have the members of the Libyan Political Dialogue around the table. And I felt a big consensus; I felt that there is urgency and that the clock is ticking for the sake of peace, security and prosperity in Libya. ..There was a wide consensus that only through rapid signature of the Libyan political agreement the country can be brought back to unity.
"... by deputy House of Representatives (HoR) president Emhemend Shouaib and the General National Congress’ (GNC) deputy president Salah Makhzoum following two days of Libya Dialogue talks in the Tunisian capital chaired by UN Special Envoy Martin Koble."
"The GNC did not mandate anyone to attend the meeting. The GNC has demanded explanations from the UN Secretary General about the leaked emails of Leon."Awad said that the only official dialogue was held on December 5th in Tunisia together with representatives from the HoR which agreed to a rival plan negotiated directly by members of the two rival governments. He said however that the GNC was willing to cooperate with the UN in a solution to the crisis. He also noted that Al-Makhzoom had resigned from the negotiating team back in August.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Rome this weekend for a high-level gathering on the crisis in Libya. The State Department says Kerry will co-chair Sunday's meeting with Italy's foreign minister.
Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, has called for Libya’s factions to end their civil war after yet another deadline passed without a ceasefire and fighting raged on across the country. At a meeting in New York originally planned to celebrate the signing of a UN-brokered peace deal, Ban appealed to the country’s rival governments to come together. “No agreement is perfect, but this document will help Libya move beyond the chaos,” he said.
"We need to know where will this government be based? And whether all members of these two institutions are on board?If you don't have main political and military actors onboard, this could be a recipe for further disaster."Khodr also noted that there is no mention of Khalifa Haftar in the statement. Is there some understanding that he will remain as commander in chief? There is no way he will stand by and let the GNA take away his job or allow the HoR to sign an LPA that does so. Kobler did not take any questions after the press statement.