September 2nd, 2015 13:02 EST
UN: Tangible Results on Libyan Political Agreement
Tangible results have been achieved for a political deal in Libya, but concrete solutions to the conflict will only be reached when all parties agree on a final draft, the United Nations envoy facilitating efforts to restore peace in the North African country said today.
Speaking to journalists in Istanbul after his meeting with a delegation of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), Bernardino LeÃ³n, the Secretary-General`s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), described the encounter as a very frank and very open discussion. "
We have been discussing the different elements, different remarks, different comments " in some cases differences " and the possibilities or the different ways that UNSMIL is proposing to address these differences, " he said.
It has been seven months since UNSMIL launched a political dialogue process to find a peaceful solution to the conflict which intensified one year ago.
Last week, the GNC did not attend a round of talks in Morocco organized by Mr. LeÃ³n, explaining that it needed to reorganize its negotiating team following the resignation of two members.
This is the first meeting with an important number of [GNC] members in a more open format and this is something that should continue, " Mr. LeÃ³n stressed.
The UN envoy added that he encourages GNC members to continue to engage and discuss to find a solution as soon as possible.
He explained that although a draft agreement was initialled by some parties on 12 July, an agreement will only be reached when a final package makes sense for everybody and will be signed by everybody. "
Mr. LeÃ³n said he hopes a final agreement is endorsed within the next two or three weeks so its implementation can begin on 20 October.
A two-day political dialogue on Libya is set to begin tomorrow in Geneva.
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