Algeria offers to host reconciliation forum on Libya: African Union

BRAZZAVILLE (AFP) – Algeria offered to host a reconciliation forum on Libya during a meeting of African leaders discussing ways to end the long drawn-out conflict, the African Union (AU) said.

The talks were attended by chairman of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat and the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s special representative Ghassan Salame, along with several African presidents.

An AU statement said it “has taken note of the Algerian offer to host a forum of national reconciliation” and underscored the pressing need for “an inclusive dialogue uniting all the Libyan parties…to find a Libyan solution to the crisis”.

The African leaders had been due to meet behind closed doors with the head of Tripoli’s UN-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj, and separately with envoys from strongman Khalifa Haftar who controls eastern Libya.

The African leaders included the presidents of Congo-Brazzaville, which hosted the talks, as well as of Mauritania and Djibouti. There was no official confirmation if the meetings had taken place. Salame accused foreign actors of meddling in Libya in violation of commitments made at an international summit in Berlin.

“These manoeuvres to resupply the two parties threaten to precipitate a new and much more dangerous conflagration,” he told the UN Security Council in New York.