Germany aims to host Libya conference

  • Thursday 12, September 2019 10:21 AM
  • Germany aims to host Libya conference
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Germany aims to host a conference about Libya this year in conjunction with the United Nations to try to stabilise the oil- producing country, where rival factions have been fighting over the capital, Germany's ambassador to Libya said on Wednesday.
The plans, which are still in the early stages according to diplomats, are the first major diplomatic push since eastern forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar in April launched an offensive to take Tripoli, held by the internationally recognised government of Premier Fayez al-Serraj.

The campaign has displaced more than 120,000 people and derailed years of U.N peace efforts but gone nowhere as Haftar's Libya National Army (LNA) has been unable to breach Tripoli's southern suburbs.

U.N. Libya envoy Ghassan Salame last month unveiled plans for an international conference to bring together foreign powers backing rival groups on the ground, without naming a venue.

He gave no details on the event, announced just after German Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament the situation in the north African country risked destabilising the whole of Africa.

Diplomatic sources said the event would be held in Berlin in October or November.