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UN Faces Problem Finding Location for Talks in Libya

Speaking to reports in Geneva on Saturday, United Nations Special Envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, said the location of the next round of talks in Libya had not been decided yet.

Participants in the United Nations-sponsored Libyan political talks in Geneva have agreed, in principle, to move future rounds to Libya.

They deferred it to the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to start consultations with the parties on the venue of the political dialogue.

Leon warned against imminent political, economic and security crises if a deal was not reached by the conflicting parties.

“The political situation is extremely difficult and several cities have recently come under attack,” Leon told reporters in Geneva.

Earlier, the UN Secretary-General strongly condemned the attack that took place at the Corinthia Hotel, in downtown Tripoli on 27 January in which at least ten people were killed including 5 foreigners. He said terrorism has no place in the new Libya and will not undermine the ongoing political dialogue.

But many of those who have been invited to the talks are, however, directly or indirectly affiliated with IS or organizations that have been declared ‘terrorist organizations’ by the Security Council.

The problem remains that of logistical and security conditions. Terrorist militias that are affiliated with IS and Al Qaeda are now operating freely in areas that are not controlled by the freely elected and international recognized government including the capital Tripoli.

In September 2011, the Security Council granted full mandate to what has been known as the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) to help the Libyan people establish a democratic prosperous state after the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime.

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