CAIRO: Egypt has warned against the delay of signing a final political agreement among conflicting Libyan parties after being approved 40 days ago, stated Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid Monday.
“Egypt has expected that the United Nations and influential countries to encourage the parties in western Libya to begin the implementation of the agreement, per which a national unity government will be formed, instead of waiting for procrastinating parties that may see an interest in impeding the implementation of the political agreement,” the statement read.
Abu Zeid condemned “terrorists’”hold over large parts of Libyan territories.
On July 11, the United Nations Special Envoy for Libya Bernardino León announced that Libyan conflicting parties had agreed on a draft for final agreement after extensive negotiations held in the Moroccan city of Skhirat. He added that all parties agreed on all main conditions in the draft.
Libyan political factions, except for the Islamist Tripoli-based government, initialed the peace deal to put an end to the bloody conflict in Libya that was divided between two governments. The draft stipulates that a new unity government should be formed and country’s legislative authority will be mandated to the elected House of Representatives in the Libyan city of Tobruk.
Since the February 2011 Libyan uprising and the killing of late leader Muammar Gadhafi, Libya has sunk into a deep security turmoil. It has been controlled by the Islamists and hardliners in the northern parts, while other parts came under the authority of the international recognized Tobruk-based government, backed by Egypt.
Al Qaeda-inspired militant group of the Islamic State has found footholds in Libyan territories, killing and kidnapping dozens of different nationals.