11-17 October: 2nd Round of UNSMIL Meetings on Libyan Political Agreement Completed in Tunis

Oct 18, 2017 | International actors

On 15 October, the UN Support Mission in Libya’s (UNSMIL) new Joint Drafting Committee, including members of both the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS), met again in Tunis to negotiate amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA). In particular, they debated the final draft articles concerning the appointment of the Prime Minister (PM), the Government and the new Presidential Council (PC).

On 16 October, UNSMIL issued a statement saying that the most recent Tunis session, reached an important point where both sides came to a clearer understanding of how the selection-mechanism for the Presidency Council” may work. On 16 October, the meeting was adjourned to give both sides the opportunity to consult with their respective dialogue committees. However, after private discussions, the head of the HoR delegation, Abdelsalam Nesiya, announced that they would be suspending participation in the UNSMIL dialogue after being fed up with the HCS for not having ‘conclusive solutions’ for contentious issues. Nesiya said the HoR delegation would rejoin the talks only once it had the HCS’s take on key issues in writing. On 10 October, 104 HoR members met in Tobruq to discuss the outcomes of the first round of Tunis meetings, those present report that the reaction was mixed.