Libyan Dialogue: Parties reach comprehensive agreement on criteria for positions of sovereignty

The delegations of the Libyan High Council of State and the Parliament of Tobruk have reached an agreement after five days of talks in Bouznika, Morocco.

In a joint statement on Thursday, the two parties announced that they reached a comprehensive agreement on the criteria, mechanisms, and objectives for “assuming positions of sovereignty.”

Both parties vowed to continue the dialogue launched in Morocco and to resume these meetings during the last week of this month in order to complete the necessary measures to ensure the enforcement and activation of this agreement, said the final joint statement read out by Driss Omran of the Libyan House of Representatives, in the presence of Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.

The High Council of State and the Parliament of Tobruk called on the United Nations and the international community to support Morocco’s efforts to facilitate a political settlement in Libya.

The delegations thanked Morocco and King Mohammed VI for supporting the rival parties’ diplomatic efforts. They stressed that Morocco’s assistance will help them overcome the crisis and work towards meeting the Libyan people’s hopes and aspirations to build a civilian and democratic State that enjoys peace, security and stability.

The two parties affirmed that their meetings in Bouznika took place in “a friendly and fraternal atmosphere marked by understanding and consensus,” adding that both sides are aware that the current situation in the country, at different levels, is extremely dangerous.

The situation is resulting from negative foreign interventions that threaten the security, territorial integrity and sovereignty and regional instability.

The High Council of State and the Parliament of Tobruk met in Morocco with the aim of overcoming their differences, aware of the “serious repercussions” of Libya’s political and institutional division. Such a division has created poor living conditions for the people of Libya and weakened Libyans’ confidence in the country’s legislative, executive, and monitoring institutions.

Both parties also stressed that these meetings took place in application of Article 15 of the Libyan political agreement reached in Skhirat and in confirmation of the conclusions of the Berlin conference, which both support a political solution to the Libyan crisis. The Bouznika dialogue was also in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions.

The results achieved by Bouznika inter-Libyan dialogue, held in line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, have evidenced Morocco’s role as a key mediator in the Maghreb.

The two parties had earlier expressed their gratitude to Morocco for facilitating the talks that focused on fostering the ceasefire decreed on August 20, and means of moving forward, free of harmful foreign meddling, to putt an end to institutional divisions.

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