4 – 10 November: LPDF starts first meetings in Tunis

Nov 11, 2020 | International actors

On 9 November, the United Nations (UN)-facilitated dialogue process known as the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) began its first face-to-face meetings in Tunis. The talks were meant to develop a roadmap for elections and agree on a new transitional unity government with a 3-member Presidential Council and a separate head of government.

On 3 November, Acting Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Stephanie Williams said that a meeting of the Joint Military Commission (JMC) had led to agreements on plans for implementing the ceasefire that had been announced on 23 October. Williams said that during the meeting, which took place in Ghadames, Libya between 2-4 November, the two sides agreed to ‘establish a military subcommittee to oversee the withdrawal of military forces to their respective bases and the departure of foreign forces from the front lines.’ The Commission also agreed that flights would resume ‘immediately’ to and from airports in Ghadames and Sebha, and urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to ‘quickly adopt a binding resolution to implement’ the ceasefire agreement.

On 4 November, GNA Minister of Interior (MoI) Fathi Bashaagha arrived in Cairo for an ‘indefinite visit’ reportedly to discuss security cooperation with Egyptian officials. Libyan and Egyptian news outlets said Bashaagha would discuss with his Egyptian interlocutors the dismantling of armed militias and the possibility of reintegrating various armed groups into the Libyan military establishment and police forces.

On 5 November, representatives from the Tubruq-based House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS) met in Bouznika, Morocco for a third round of talks. The discussions reportedly resulted in ‘comprehensive understandings’ of the mechanisms and criteria for appointing new heads to Libya’s semi-sovereign institutions, including the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), the Audit Bureau, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACCC), the Administrative Control Authority and the Supreme Court, as well as the Chairperson and Members of the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC), the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) and the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

On 6 November, the United States’ Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, spoke with GNA Foreign Minister Mohammed Taher Siyala about the US intention to secure a property in the capital Tripoli for ‘facilitating US engagement in Libya.’ The property would be the first step toward re-opening the US embassy in Tripoli, which had closed in July 2014 due to Libya’s conflict.