CAIRO (dpa) – Libya’s rival political factions, wrapping up a second round of peace talks in Geneva, have agreed to convene future meetings in their country, the United Nations said Thursday, a move aimed at engaging boycotting Islamists in the process.
“There was agreement on the principle of convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, provided that logistical and security conditions are available,” the UN Support Mission in Libya said in a statement.
“The participants deferred it to the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to start consultations with the parties on the venue of the political dialogue.”
Libya has in recent months seen its worst violence since the 2011 ouster of longtime dictator Moamar Gaddafi.
The oil-rich country has at present two rival governments and parliaments, each backed by armed militias.
The UN-sponsored talks were initiated in Geneva in mid-January.
They were boycotted by religious conservatives from the rival power centre based in the capital Tripoli, demanding the dialogue be held in Libya.
The army of the internationally recognised government, based in the eastern city of Tobruk, announced a unilateral ceasefire on January 18, but armed clashes have continued.
The unrest in Libya has forced several countries to evacuate their citizens and diplomats from the country amid international fears it is sliding into chaos.