UN urges compromise in Libya

October 12, 2017

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged Libyans, divided with rival governments and beset by violence, to work together ahead of hoped-for elections.

Separately, the European Union is seeking to reopen its embassy in Libya pending security conditions, officials said on Tuesday, offering further political support for the Tripoli government struggling to establish control.

The 15-member council gave its full support to a plan by the new UN envoy Ghassan Salame for legislative and presidential ballots by July next year.

It “strongly urges all Libyans to work together in a spirit of compromise and to engage constructively in the inclusive political process,” a declaration said.

Years of political turmoil in libya Salame, appointed UN envoy in July, last month outlined his plan under which a new constitution must be put before a referendum, paving the way for elections.

He also announced that a national conference would be held to reintegrate all the country’s “ostracised or marginalised” actors.

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