UN calls for Libya unity government

The United Nations wants to keep Libya’s elected parliament and set up a unity government led by independents, it announced Tuesday in a statement outlining its proposed solution to a conflict that has effectively split the country in half. The internationally recognized government and elected parliament have been confined to the far east since Islamist-allied militias seized the capital Tripoli last year and set up a rival government.

The two sides have been n

The United Nations wants to keep Libyaand#39s elected parliament and set up a unity government led by independents, it announced Tuesday in a statement outlining its proposed solution to a conflict that has effectively split the country in half.

The internationally recognized government and elected parliament have been confined to the far east since Islamist-allied militias seized the capital Tripoli last year and set up a rival government.

The two sides have been negotiating in Morocco for the past three weeks to end months of fighting — the bloodiest since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. UN envoy Bernardino Leon visited both Tobruk and Tripoli, where he presented ideas to expedite the talks.

andldquoThese ideas are not intended to provide concrete details or present a final solution to Libyaand#39s political crisis and military conflict but they form the basis from which the parties can work on,andrdquo the statement said. The country would be led by a andldquopresidential council of independent personalitiesandrdquo while the House of Representatives would be the legislative body — a key concession by the Tripoli-based alliance, which has its own rival legislature.

The international community has been pushing for a deal, fearing that Libyaand#39s chaos could destabilize its neighbors.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman