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Libyans don’t need more weapons

The United Nations is walking a tightrope in Libya. Last week, the UN Security Council passed a resolution condemning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the latest non-state actor to emerge in the current chaos. Because of this threat, pressure is mounting on the UN to relax …

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Libya: ‘No one can win this war’

Tripoli, Libya – As the latest United Nations-brokered peace talks between Libya’s warring factions convened in Skhirat, Morocco, fierce fighting broke out on the weekend between militias in Tajoura, 30km east of Tripoli, killing over 21 people and wounding scores more.

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A constitutional draft “in less than four months” says Ali Tarhouni

Sitting in his office in the old Kingdom of Libya parliament building in Beida, Ali Tarhouni, president of the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) ,wears a scarf tied around his neck. He is worried about the cold spring. But it is the least of his fears. The others are far heavier: …

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Libyan Civil War Could Drive Away Energy Investment

One thing that keeps uniting the warring factions in the spilling-out-of-control civil war in Libya is crude oil revenues. Despite falling from a high of 1.7 mbd shortly before the toppling of Colonel Qadaffi, oil production hovers around 600,000 bpd today, which is still enough to pay for the subsidies …

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Libya, a priority for Tunisian foreign policy?

The Bardo attack indicates that Tunisia will not be able to remain immune to Libya’s ongoing conflict where two rival governments fight for power and the Islamic State is gaining ground. This neighbouring country continues to be a delicate issue for the Tunisian government.

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Video & Excerpts from SRSG Leon’s Press Conference at the start of Libyan political dialogue in Morocco

Hello to everybody. Hello to all the journalists. It is a pleasure to see you again. And as in previous occasions, we are looking forward to working with you in a good spirit of cooperation. Thanks for your patience. Thanks for being ready to spend some time with us. As …

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The UNSMIL Draft Agreement and International Engagement with Libya

Since UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon nominated Mr. Bernardino Leon as the UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in August 2014, stagnant Libyan waters have moved. When he announced the launch of a political dialogue in September 2014, Libyans who lost confidence in …

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