The Libyan Political Dialogue: An Incomplete Consensus

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Representatives of Libya's Tobruk-based parliament attend the ceremony of initialing the Libyan Political Agreement in Skhirat, Morocco on 11 July 2015. AFP/Jalal Morchidi, Anadolu Agency

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Tripoli/Brussels: The preliminary political agreement that emerged from UN-led talks between Libyan rival factions at a signing ceremony in the Moroccan coastal resort town of Skhirat last week was a critical first step toward ending the Libyan civil war. Yet one side’s refusal to come on board without further amendments to the text potentially makes the agreement stillborn. Under the leadership of UN Special Representative Bernardino León, Libyan, regional and international actors should therefore put all their efforts into reaching a broader consensus on the text before proceeding to the next mileposts on the political roadmap, first and foremost the establishment of a national unity government, as well as security arrangements in Tripoli to support it.

 

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