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UN spokesperson reports significant progress in Libya talks

GENEVA – A United Nations (UN) spokesperson said here on Friday that significant progress had been made in the ongoing talks on the selection mechanism of a unified executive authority in Libya.

Jean Al Alam, spokesperson for the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), told a press briefing that the UN hopes that the delegates will shortly be able to narrow down their differences and reach a consensus on the contentious issues being discussed.

The 18 members of the newly established Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s Advisory Committee are meeting at the UN Geneva Office between Jan. 13 and Jan. 16.

According to the spokesperson, the committee’s main mission here is to discuss outstanding issues related to the selection of a unified executive and to put forward concrete and practical recommendations.

At Friday’s press briefing, the spokesperson also told reporters that very encouraging progress had been made in Libya recently, including exchanges of detainees as part of wider confidence-building measures, the resumption of flights to all parts of Libya, and the full resumption of oil production and export.

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