Rome ministerial meeting supports signing of Libya Political Agreement
Foreign ministers from 17 countries and four international organizations wrapped up a meeting today in Rome with a statement supporting the UN-brokered Libyan Political Agreement(LPA), which also sets up a Government of National Accord(GNA).
|John Kerry was a co-chair of the meeting along with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. All the participants expressed their willingness to cooperate with the GNA, which has yet to be formed or even agreed to. Someone or other, it is not yet clear who, is supposed to sign the LPA as of December 16. So far over several months neither parliament has signed the deal. All along, the UN has acted as if there were no question of the GNA coming into being. The senior officials named by the UN as part of the GNA have had talks with international officials from various countries and there have been several meetings to discuss mechanisms for delivering aid to the GNA. The fact that neither of the two rival governments have approved of the GNA is neither here nor there. The UN is going ahead regardless. The Tunis meeting of dialogue members, no doubt chosen because they approve the LPA, gave the appropriate veneer of legitimacy to the UN-sponsored LPA by agreeing to it and setting a date for signing it. This was followed by another stage of legitimizing the process when Kobler got the support of the UN Security Council. Today we have the final blessing by a huge gathering of international officials in Rome.|
"US Secretary of State John Kerry said he expected Libya's rival governments to sign a UN-backed agreement on Wednesday to form a unity government."Amazing that Kerry should say this. Neither the GNC nor the HoR have yet approved the LPA and there is no sign at all that Kobler intends to get their signature. The GNC has rejected the whole process going back to the Tunis meeting. The BBC report also says:
Delegates from the two opposing administrations were at the talks in Rome, along with members from Western and Middle Eastern countries and the UN.It is not clear that these are "delegates" in the sense they were chosen by the rival governments. The presidents of both the rival governments support the alternative to the UN plan, the Libya-Libya agreement. The BBC continues with a statement which is an outright falsehood:
The rival governments agreed at talks in Tunis two days ago to sign the UN-backed political agreement on Wednesday, and Mr Kerry said he expected that to go ahead.This is astonishing. What happened at Tunis was that Kobler gathered together select members of the Libya dialogue, including some from both the HoR and the GNC. That group approved the LPA. Neither government did so and there has been no meeting to vote on the issue.