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German diplomat encourages Libyan delegates to reach consensus

TRIPOLI – Oliver Owcza, Germany’s ambassador to Libya, on Sunday encouraged Libyan delegates, taking part in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Tunis, to “redouble their efforts” to agree on a “new, interim executive structure”.

The six-day forum kicked off last Monday in the Tunisian capital of Tunis, with UN Acting Envoy Stephanie Williams and other 75 representatives attending the event.

The forum’s overall objective is a consensus on a unified governance framework to “restore Libya’s sovereignty and the democratic legitimacy of Libyan institutions”, according to a statement by the UN Support Mission in Libya.

The Libyan delegates have agreed during the forum to form a new government ahead of holding elections in December next year, according to the UN.

However, consultations are still being made on the mechanism of selecting nominee for the new executive positions.

“As the […] Libya Political Dialogue Forum approaches the finishing line, we encourage all stakeholders to redouble their efforts to agree on a new, interim executive structure,” Owcza tweeted on Sunday noon.

“It would send a strong signal of unity and Libyan ownership of the country’s political future,” he added.

Germany is seeking success of the Libyan political talks in Tunis as demonstrated by its decision to pledge two million euro to support UN’s efforts in the forum, according to Germany’s Foreign Ministry.

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