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Preparations underway for Libya conference: UN envoy

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ALGIERS – UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame on Friday affirmed that preparatory discussions were still underway in advance of a planned Libyan National Conference.

In an interview with Algerian state radio, Salame said “two or three weeks” of meetings between representatives of Libya’s rival camps were still needed before a date could be set for the ambitious event.

“But the decision to convene the conference has already been taken and contacts between our Libyan partners have begun,” he added.

Voicing his satisfaction with progress made so far, Salame said: “There are still some groups that I must talk to before a date and venue can be announced.”

The envoy went on to assert that the planned conference, if held, would constitute a “historic event for the Libyan people”.

Answering a question as to whether parliamentary and presidential polls could be held in Libya’s current uncertain political climate, Salame said parliamentary elections “could take place as early as next spring”.

“But presidential elections require a constitutional framework,” he added. “When we have a constitution ready, we can talk about holding presidential polls.”

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