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Salamé: No plans to organize national conference on reconciliation in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MOSCOW – There are no plans to convene a national conference on Libya’s political future instead of the one that was scheduled for April but got canceled because of the conflict escalation, United Nations Envoy Ghassan Salamé said.

Speaking to Russian news agency TASS on Thursday, Salamé said a ceasefire must be reached first in Tripoli before any conference could be held.

“I hope but I don’t think it is possible as long as fighting is taking place,” he said. “I think we should look for an international decision that at the same time decides the ceasefire, decides some kind of separation of forces, and decides to return to the negotiations table through a format like the national conference or a similar one.”

When asked about possible organization of a meeting between Tripoli-based premier Fayez Al-Sarraj and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Salamé said “a more complex format” is needed to settle the conflict.

“I think the conflict in Libya cannot be reduced to only these two individuals. I think we need to bring other people in order to make sure that a lot of people who have been part to this conflict will be also part of its resolution,” he said.

“A national conference is one solution or an enlargement of those represented in the negotiations from two people to more than that. Ten, fifteen or twenty people would be, I think, a good idea.”

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