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African Union to host Libya reconciliation conference in July

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TUNIS – The African Union will host a reconciliation conference in July aimed at uniting Libya’s political rivals, AU commission chief Moussa Faki said late Saturday.

“It’s an opportunity for the Libyans,” Faki said during a press conference in Tunis, on the sidelines of an Arab League summit in the Tunisian capital.

Announcement of the July talks in Addis Ababa followed a meeting by the Libya Quartet which included Faki, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

“It’s high time that the [political] actors discuss the fate of their country,” Faki said.

The United Nations is due to hold another conference next month in the central Libyan city of Ghadames, which is aimed at drawing up a “roadmap” to lead to elections.

Between 120 and 150 delegates are expected to attend the forum from April 14-16, UN envoy Ghassan Salamé said earlier this month.

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