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Can Palermo conference bring peace to Libya?

As world leaders prepare to gather in Palermo for the Libya conference on 12 and 13 November, Libyans are wondering what this much-anticipated event will achieve. 

LNA Commander to Skip Italy’s Conference on Libyan Settlement – Source

The commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, will not take part in a conference on the Libyan settlement to be held in the Italian city of Palermo November 12-13, a source in the LNA told Sputnik.

Salame slams HoR and HSC as sterile and time-wasting

In his latest brief on Libya to the UN Security Council yesterday, SRSG and UNSMIL head, Ghassan Salame, officially abandoned any attempt to hold Libyan elections in December this year. This was the target set in last May’s Paris conference on Libya. Salame now predicted Libyan elections will be held …

UN Envoy: Libya should start process for elections in spring

Libya should start the process to hold an election in spring 2019 only after a national conference to discuss its ongoing conflict, the UN Libya envoy said on Thursday, officially burying the unlikely idea of a vote next month, Reuters reports.

Serraj welcomes UNSC’s preparedness to review its Libya arms embargo

Security Council Libya Sanctions extension Mohamed El-Sallak, the official spokesperson for Faiez Serraj, the head of Libya’s internationally-recognized Presidency Council and Government of National Accord (PC/GNA), said that Serraj welcomed the Security Council’s 5 November session during which it reaffirmed its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national …

The Unknowns of the Libya Stabilization Conference

The approaching conference on Libyan stabilization hosted by Italy—which will be held on November 12 and 13 in Palermo—will bring together the main Libyan leaders, with the purpose of defining their respective negotiation platforms in advance. Italy must not only navigate the components of Libya’s heterogeneous and conflicting political landscape, but …

How British spy chief courted Gaddafi on secret Libya visit

Libyan intelligence documents, disclosed as part of a British court case, have revealed fresh details about how the British government and its MI6 intelligence agency forged links and worked secretly with Muammar Gaddafi and his spy chiefs in the years after the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks in the US in 2001.