UN-backed Libya talks fail to reach consensus

GENEVA, July 2 (Reuters) – UN-sponsored talks to pave the way for elections in Libya at the end of December have not found common ground, the mission deputy said on Friday evening. UN in Libya after weeklong talks near Geneva.

Raisedon Zenenga, Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), said during the closing session: “The Libyan people will certainly feel disappointed as they always yearn for the opportunity to ” exercise their democratic rights during the presidency and the legislative elections on 24 December. This does not bode well for the credibility and future relevance of the LPDF (Libyan Political Dialogue Forum).

“I encourage you to continue to consult with each other to seek a workable compromise and cement what unites you,” he said. (Report by Stéphanie Nebehay in Geneva and Ahmed Elumami in Tripoli;)

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