In the Libya conflict, the conflict parties are beginning to come closer together. Both sides have agreed to make roads and air connections between regions accessible again.
Efforts to achieve peace in Libya are making progress. Military representatives of the camps of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarradsch and the coup general Khalifa Haftar agreed during talks in Geneva to reopen roads and air connections between the regions. This was reported by the acting UN envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, on Wednesday in Geneva. The two sides also want to agree on the modalities of oil production and to expand production and take action against people who spread hate speech and fuel conflict through social media.
Williams condemned the presence of foreign militiamen. “The level of foreign intervention is unacceptable,” she said, “these countries must keep their hands off Libya. Political talks involving minorities, women and young people are scheduled to begin on November 9 in Tunisia. Once a cease-fire is reached, foreign fighters must leave the country within 90 days under UN supervision, Williams said.
Five military representatives from each side are in Geneva until Friday. The format was agreed upon at the Berlin Libya Conference in January.
The North African country has been raging a civil war since the fall of the long-time ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011, which was carried out with Western help. Militarily supported by Egypt, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, warlord Khalifa Haftar most recently attempted to overthrow the internationally recognized Sarajevo government based in the capital Tripoli.
The conflict is fuelled by foreign states that send weapons, mercenaries and other equipment into the country. All international efforts to resolve the conflict have so far been unsuccessful.