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Holding Up the Peace Process in Libya

Feb 17, 2017 | 09:15 GMT
Holding Up the Peace Process in Libya
Until Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter (2-R) gets what he wants from a settlement agreement to end Libya's civil war, he will keep thwarting the peace process.
(ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

The latest attempt to bring Libya's rival governments together has failed. Since December 2015, when the Libyan Political Agreement was signed to unify the rival House of Representatives and General National Congress behind a unity government, the Government of National Accord, the three administrations have been vying for control of the country. As fighting between the governments' supporting militias raged on over the last few months, diplomatic initiatives to renegotiate the terms of the Libyan Political Agreement to find a more workable solution intensified. Russia, Europe, Tunisia and Algeria all lobbied to bring Government of National Accord Prime Minister Faiz Serraj and Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, the House of Representatives' most powerful military supporter, together to discuss Libya's future. On Feb. 13-14, Egypt coordinated meetings between the leaders -- their first in over a year -- with high hopes for a successful negotiation. The talks fell apart, however, when Hifter...

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