Libya's High Council of State suspends participation in Geneva talks

Libya's High Council of State suspends participation in Geneva talks

February 22, 2020 - 20:33
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan High Council of State (HCS) has unanimously agreed on suspending participation of its delegation in Geneva-based UN-led political track until some factors are clarified.

In a session attended by 86 members on Saturday, the HCS said the factors include seeing development achieved in the military dialogue, commitment to the Libyan Political Agreement as the only reference for any agreements and the reply of the UNSMIL to the questions of the HCS about the agenda of the political talks, the participants and the mechanism of decision-making at the talks.

"Any amendments on the Libyan Political Agreement should be as per Article 12 of the appendix laws signed in Skhirat in 2015. Any decisions should go through the 5 military officers of the Presidential Council taking part in Geneva military talks." The statement reads.

It added that the UNSMIL should answer the HCS's questions about the mechanism for decision-making and the names of the other participants from House of Representatives and those to be selected by Ghassan Salame, let alone the clarification of the agenda of the dialogue and fair woman representation.

The Head of the HCS Khalid Al-Mishri reiterated the same demands on Saturday, saying he needed more clarification from the UNSMIL before going to Geneva.