Libyan Parties Reach Peace Deal Without Tripoli Government
Libyan Parties Reach Peace Deal Without Tripoli Government
Tripoli not in Libya agreement

Based on Reports Published between Sun Jul 12 02:42:15 2015 and Mon Jul 13 09:45:08 2015

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Information from Sun Jul 12 02:42:15 2015 :

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Libyan political leaders reached a new version of a U. N.-brokered peace deal Saturday, putting pressure on the Tripoli leadership to sign on and build a unity government in hopes of ending the country's chaos. The Tripoli government refused to participate in the latest discussions Saturday in the Moroccan city of Skhirat.

Members of Libya's internationally recognized parliament and local and regional leaders initialed the agreement, brokered by U. N. envoy Bernardino Leon.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 06:42:46 2015 :
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An armed alliance known as Libya Dawn took over Tripoli and declared its own government and parliament a year ago, driving out the internationally recognised premier and deepening anarchy in the North African country.

Lacking central authority, the country has seen mounting extremist activity, including by the Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked militants, and become a haven for migrant trafficking.

Morocco's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Saturday that the main sticking points were over which parties would run which institutions. Abdul Gader Alhowailly of the Tripoli government said his GNC party met last week and voted against the draft, asking for amendments. The U. N. envoy said in a statement that members of militias would be integrated into civilian and military government institutions, and offered job opportunities 'for a decent life according to a clear plan and timetable."

The statement promised the full commitment of international community to ensure it is carried out and that it "brings Libya back to the democratic path." Many accuse Western countries of contributing to Libya's turmoil by not offering more support after a NATO-led bombing campaign ousted authoritarian leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, as Arab Spring uprisings swept through the region. brokered peace deal, putting pressure on the Tripoli leadership to sign on and build a unity government in hopes of ending the country's chaos.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 08:42:48 2015 :
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Some Libyan warring factions this morning signed an initial United Nations-sponsored agreement to form a unity government and end fighting, but a key player from a parliament controlling the capital Tripoli stayed away. Western officials say the U. N. talks are the only hope of halting fighting among factions allied to the oil producer's two governments and parliaments vying for power four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. The United Nations, wrapping up months of negotiations, had invited the warring factions to the Moroccan coastal town of Skhirat to sign an initial power-sharing agreement.

"This agreement will bring a step, an important step in the road of peace in Libya," U. N. Special Envoy Bernardino Leon told the ceremony attended by Arab and Western diplomats.

"Let me enhance one message: The doors will remain open for those who have chosen not to be here," he added.

But while delegates from the elected parliament, the House of Representatives based in the east, signed the deal, the Tripoli-based parliament, the General National Congress (GNC), refused to attend. "We are still in the dialogue, but we don't really understand why the are rushing to sign before all the parties agree," Mowafaq Hawas, a GNC representative in Morocco, told Reuters.

Some representatives from municipalities in Tripoli and the western city of Misrata allied to Libya Dawn signed the deal. Under the plan, Libya will get a one-year government of national accord.

A council of ministers headed by a prime minister and two deputies would have executive authority.

The House of Representatives would be the legislative body, a plan meeting opposition from the GNC. The factions have yet to agree on details. Diplomats say both governments face pressure from hardliners who favour a military solution.

Islamic State militants have exploited the power struggle by increasing their presence in Libya as they did in Syria, Iraq and Egypt.

The group has executed dozens of Christians and attacked embassies.

"There is an opportunity for those who have not yet initialed this agreement to come aboard."

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