Sarraj Says Libya’s National Conference an Opportunity for Dialogue

By on March 27, 2019

The head of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, on Wednesday expressed optimism that the National Conference will achieve consensus on controversial issues.

During a news conference held in Tripoli, Sarraj’s spokesperson, Mohamed El Sallak, said the GNA chief believes that the National Conference that is set to be held in April is an opportunity for dialogue, and aims at reaching reconciliation among Libyans to resolve the country’s crisis.

His remarks came after UN Security Council member states affirmed full support for UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame in his mediation to reach a political solution in the country by holding peaceful and credible elections.

The Council urged all UN member states and regional organizations on Tuesday to unite in support of Salame during this critical phase of Libya’s transition.

According to a press statement, the members underlined that the National Conference provides a crucial opportunity for all Libyans to put aside their differences, exercise restraint for the good of the country, and achieve peace and prosperity for the Libyan people.

They also welcomed the UN-facilitated talks held in Abu Dhabi in February between Sarraj and Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar, including their agreement on the need to end the transitional stages in Libya by holding general elections.

The members recalled Libyan leaders’ commitments, made at the international conferences in Paris and Palermo last year, including to work constructively with the UN-facilitated efforts.

Meanwhile, the EU ambassadors to Libya welcomed during their meeting with Haftar and members of the House of Representatives the effective and rules-based action against terrorist groups and organized crime, in compliance with human rights and Libya’s obligations under international law.

However, the EU delegation said it was concerned by reports of human rights and international humanitarian law violations around the country, including those that took place during recent military campaigns in the east and south as well as various ongoing violations perpetrated in western Libya.

The statement came as LNA Spokesman Brigadier General Ahmad al-Mesmari said that the army will advance on Tripoli at the appropriate time, without revealing further details.

Mesmari said the LNA will prevent the formation of an armed party in Libya similar to Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

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