KHARTOUM (AFP) – Sudan accused “foreign parties” of fuelling unrest in Libya as it hosted a meeting Thursday of neighbouring countries, which agreed to curb weapon flows to the unrest-plagued nation.
The foreign ministers of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Niger and Tunisia also pledged to support UN-brokered talks to halt the violence in Libya, which has been gripped by lawlessness since the 2011 NATO-backed overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi.
Rival governments and parliaments dispute power, with swathes of territory in the hands of powerful militia.
“Foreign parties have fuelled the Libyan crisis with more fighting and destruction,” Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said in a statement as the talks opened without elaborating.
The meeting was also attended by Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi’s envoy for Libya and an African Union envoy.
Libya was represented by the foreign minister of its internationally recognised government, which has been confined to the remote eastern towns of Shahat and Tobruk since Islamist-backed militia overran Tripoli in August. No members of the rival administration based in the capital took part in the talks.
Karti said after the meeting that the ministers “confirmed their support for the approach adopted by the UN in bringing together the Libyan factions”.
The United Nations Special Representative in Libya Bernardino Leon brought the country’s warring factions together in the oasis town of Ghadames on September 29.
On Wednesday, the UN said Leon would lead a new round of negotiations between the parties on December 9.