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African Union to Host Libya 'Reconciliation' Conference


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Sun, 31 Mar 2019 12:04 GMT

The African Union will host a "reconciliation" conference in July aimed at uniting Libya's political rivals, AU commission chief Moussa Faki said late Saturday, March 30th.

Faki said during a press conference in Tunis, on the side-lines of an Arab League summit in the Tunisian capital, "it's an opportunity for the Libyans. It's high time that the political actors discuss the fate of their country," as reported by AFP. 

Oil-rich Libya has been mired in chaos since the 2011 ousting of dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and a series of international efforts have so far failed to unite the country. 

The United Nations is due to hold another conference next month in the central Libyan city of Ghadames, which is aimed at drawing up a "roadmap" to lead to elections. 

UN envoy Ghassan Salame said earlier this month that between 120 and 150 delegates are expected to attend the forum from April 14th -16th. 

The UN backs a government of national accord in the capital Tripoli, while a rival administration in the east is supported by Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army.

Reaching a lasting accord is seen as vital for creating stability in the country, as well as getting the economy back on track.