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Posted on Monday, 23 November 2015 14:38

Libya: UN says factions must accept previously drafted unity-government resolution

By Desmond Kokim

The United Nations has refused to make changes to a previously negotiated agreement for a unity government in Libya, despite complaints from both parties.

The opposition Islamists government in Tripoli and the US-backed government based in the east have failed to sign the UN-brokered agreement for a unity government, both demanding some changes to the resolution.

I push for quick decisions, but not for hasty decisions

However, the UN envoy to Libya has refused to make any changes to the draft, which many expect to lead to stability. 

"We, maybe, need a quick round of consultation, but not to change the draft... I will not open the draft. I push for quick decisions, but not for hasty decisions," new Libyan envoy, Martin Kobler told reporters on Sunday.

Kobler, urged the warring factions to sign the draft agreement as it is.

The UN agreement proposes a unity government led by a presidential council of a prime minister, five deputy prime ministers and three senior ministers – an unwieldy arrangement meant to appease all parties.

The elected House of Representatives in the east will be the main legislature.

Hardliners in both camps have resisted the deal, which also envisions demobilisation of armed factions.

Some of the main concerns raised by both parties include questions about how the new government will be implemented and where it will operate from.

The opposing governments are backed by former rebel fighters in a bid to control the OPEC oil-producing country.

However, the warring factions continue to destabilise the North African nation, which seeks a path to stability four years after the uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.



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