By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 10 January 2015:
The Libya dialogue talks, planned to take place in Geneva next week, are the last . . .[restrict]chance at finding a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis, EU “foreign minister” Federica Mogherini has said.
The dialogue, postponed several times since the original Ghadames talks in September because of the increasingly intransigent positions taken by the various parties to the Libyan divide, were announced earlier today by the UNSMIL following visits by UN Specil Envoy Bernardino Leon the day before yesterday to Tobruk, Marj and Tripoli. There are suggestions that his trip achieved a breakthrough and that, despite the rhetoric, both Libya Dawn in Tripoli, the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobruk and the Libyan government in Beida are finally willing to talk together in order to get out of the current impasse.
“The outcome of this week’s mission to Libya by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Bernardino Leon, is encouraging,” said Morgharini, who is High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and also one of the European Commission’s Vice-Presidents.
The meeting in Geneva offered “a crucial opportunity” to bring all the main players together to find a peaceful solution, she stressed.
“This represents a last chance which must be seized. Libya is at a crucial juncture; the different actors should be in no doubt of the gravity of the situation that the country finds itself in. The opportunity to establish a ceasefire and find a political solution should not be wasted,” she stated, adding that she was in regular contact with Leon and that he had the EU’s full support.