Berlin to host new round of Libya peace talks

Emphasis will be on paving the way for December elections

Abdul Hamid Dbeibah serves as Prime Minister of Libya's interim government. EPA
Abdul Hamid Dbeibah serves as Prime Minister of Libya's interim government. EPA

Germany will host a new round of Libyan peace talks focused on paving the way for elections in December and removing foreign mercenaries and troops.

The talks on June 23 in Berlin will be co-hosted by the UN and attended by Libya's interim government.

"The next steps needed for a sustainable stabilisation of the country will be discussed," the German Foreign Ministry said.

"In addition, steps towards the creation of unified Libyan security forces will be discussed.

"The conference is an expression of the continued international support for the stabilisation of Libya. The international community remains ready to continue its close and constructive support of the UN‑led peace process in Libya."

In January last year, Berlin hosted the first round of UN-backed peace talks, as Libyan leaders and officials from several countries gathered in a bid to agree on a ceasefire.

A formal truce in October led to the creation of an interim government in charge of unifying Libya's divided institutions, launching reconstruction efforts and preparing for elections in December.

Updated: June 1, 2021 04:21 PM

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