Libya’s rival sides wrapped up a week of UN-brokered talks without agreeing on a transitional government. This leaves the nation without an administartion to an election in December next year, the top UN official for Libya said on Monday.
The political forum, which concluded late Sunday in Tunisia, was the latest effort to end the chaos that engulfed the oil-rich North African nation after the 2011 overthrow and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
The main goal of the gathering was to draw a roadmap for presidential and parliamentary elections. The participants agreed to hold the vote on Dec. 24, 2021, but failed to name a transitional administration to lead the war-torn country.
UN acting envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams told reporters in Tunisia the 75-member forum did not discuss names during the week-long talks — even though a draft handed out at the start said they were to agree on the names of a president of the presidential council, two presidential deputies and that of the prime minister.
The Libyan rivals would meet again, online and within a week, to agree on a mechanism to name the next government, Williams said.
“Ten years of conflicts cannot be resolved in one week,” she said. “We still have a lot of work to do.”
The UN had selected 75 delegates from Libya to take part in the week-long forum at a luxury hotel in the Mediterranean town of Gammarth, just outside the capital of Tunis. Williams said that she was “very pleased with the outcome” of the gathering.
She said the rival sides would name a volunteer legal committee to work on the “constitutional basis for the election.”