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UN confirms that political talks on Libya will start on time

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United Nations Mission in Libya confirmed on Tuesday that the Libyan political dialogue in Geneva will start as scheduled on Wednesday, despite the parties to the conflict announcing the suspension of their participation.

“The Libyan political dialogue will start tomorrow as scheduled,” Jan al-Alam, spokesman for the mission, told AFP.

On Monday, the parliament, which is based in the east of the country and supported by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, and the Council of State that supports the Tripoli-based National Accord Government, announced, “Suspending their participation in the political talks organized by the United Nations in Geneva, and they talked about various reasons.”

The political dialogue that will start on Wednesday will include 13 representatives of the pro-Haftar parliament and 13 representatives of the State Council and figures who have received an invitation from the United Nations envoy Ghassan Salameh.

Since 2015, Libya has been in conflict with two powers: the Tripoli-recognized United Nations-recognized government and power represented by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in the east, whose forces launched an offensive in April 2019 in an attempt to control the Libyan capital.

Since April 2019, confrontations have killed more than a thousand people.

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