Libya talks end without naming govt but UN vows to continue

GAMMARTH, TUNISIA (AFP) – United Nations (UN)-led talks aimed at appointing an executive to help lead Libya out of a decade of conflict ended last Sunday without discussing names, the world body said.

“We agreed to reconvene in about a week in a virtual meeting (to) agree on the selection mechanism for the coming authority,” UN’s interim Libya envoy Stephanie Williams told journalists.

But she said “no names… were discussed” during the meetings in neighbouring Tunisia.

Libya has been riven by conflict since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed veteran dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The latest phase in renewed efforts for peace in the North African country brought together 75 delegates selected by the UN to represent a broad range of constituencies.

They were charged with laying out a roadmap towards elections, setting the mandate of an interim executive and naming its members.

But observers criticised the way the delegates were chosen and cast doubts over their clout in a country where two administrations, as well as an array of armed groups and foreign powers, are already vying for power.