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Salamé is likely to delay the national conference, sources

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI –  The United Nations Special Envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, is likely to delay the national conference intended to prepare Libya for elections this year until there is more support from rival leaders, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters.

Salamé proposed that a national conference be held in first weeks of 2019 during his Security Council briefing in early November last year. He said that the electoral process should commence in the Spring of 2019 following the conference.

Sources familiar with the U.N. plans said the conference could still happen by the end of February, but a delay until at least March looked more likely.

“Salamé won’t announce a venue and date ahead until he thinks there is enough support from all sides,” one source said.

The U.N. mission in Libya said it was seeking a successful meeting but no date was set yet. “We plan for the conference to happen as soon as possible,” it said in a statement to Reuters.

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