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ASEAN Summit Pushes For Elections in Libya

While news of violence and killing is constantly coming in from warring sides of Libya, the European Union and its members would really want the warring sides to stop playing googly and get down to elections that are being supported by UN-led talks.

They expect a permanent truce to be brought about so that people can start looking forward to a democracy to be formed. Speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) EU Ministerial Meeting in Brussels recently, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said “The European Union and its member states are united in demanding that all Libyan parties commit to a permanent cease-fire.

We also urge the parties to return to an UN-brokered political process.” The EU and its 28 countries actually applauded UN envoy Ghassan Salame’s cease-fire proposal that came in recently, at the eve of the upcoming Eid Al-Adha holiday and also liked his call to re-launch negotiations.

The EU has long supported the GNA in a bid to restore peace and stability following the 2011 revolt that toppled Muammar Qaddafi. His ouster occurred after EU countries Britain and France gave military support to anti-Qaddafi rebels.

While other nations have been siding with the Haftar or Tripoli side, UN-led government has been wishing to create some kind of ground of peacebuilding.

Haftar’s forces launched an offensive in April to try to wrest Tripoli from forces backing the Government of National Accord (GNA). But the attempt came to knot’s end. Fighting (no wonder) between the two warring sides has since remained deadlocked on the southern outskirts of the city.

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