Peace in Libya. How is the conversation going?

The prospect of permanent peace is being profiled in Libya. In fact, under the auspices of the United Nations, dialogue efforts between internal actors in neighbouring countries continue. Delegations representing the Government of the Fayez al-Serraj National Accord and the Libyan Arab Armed Force of Khalifa Haftar, including police and military officers, have concluded two days of security and military talks in Hurghada, Egypt.

Discussions have been characterised by a spirit of accountability, openness and mutual confidence, according to a statement by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).In addition to the duties and responsibilities of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG), the participants discussed a number of pressing security and military issues, including confidence-building steps, security arrangements in an area to be identified at a later stage as part of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) talks.

Both delegations concluded their discussions with a set of recommendations to be forwarded to the 5 + 5 JMC: to resume the 5 + 5 JMC’s face-to — face meetings rapidly, beginning next week. Release immediately, on account of their identification and without preconditions or limitations, all those detained; take immediate steps to exchange, before the end of October, all those detained during military operations through the establishment of specialised committees by the parties concerned.

In the same sense, the meetings in Morocco between the delegations of the High Council of State and the Libyan Parliament reached an agreement on the creation of a new government following the declaration by Fayez al-Serraj, by the end of October, of his willingness to quit office.Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman of the United Nations Secretary-General, announced that the United Nations and the German government are planning another Libyan summit, similar to the Berlin conference on 5 October.

In addition to the United States, Germany , the United Kingdom, France, China, Turkey , the United Arab Emirates, Congo, Italy, Egypt and Algeria, Haq said that representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and the Arab League would be included in the virtual meeting in their statements to the German Agency.