EU: December 15 is deadline for Tobruk parliament to amend Libya’s political agreement

The EU moved its mission to neighboring Tunisia in mid-2014 as security worsened in Libya amid escalating fighting between rival factions.

The European Union (EU) and some other major European countries have set mid-December as a deadline for the Libyan eastern-based parliament to amend the political agreement on ending the country’s political crises, a parliament member said.

“We were informed by the president of a political bloc in the parliament that the EU and some other major European countries have informed him that parliament members must amend the political agreement because it is the only option to end the division between the Libyan parties, and that no alternative will be allowed by the international community,” the MP, who asked not to be named, told Xinhua.

Those obstructing the implementation of the agreement face new sanctions, added the MP.

In December 2015, Libya’s conflicting parties signed a U.N.-brokered deal in the Moroccan city of Skhirat to end the political crises in Libya.

U.N. envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame proposed a roadmap for Libya in September that includes amendment of the current U.N.-sponsored political agreement, holding a U.N.-sponsored national conference for all of Libya’s political factions, and adopting a constitution and election of a president and a parliament. The action plan is aimed at ending the current political crisis of the country.

Tunisia has hosted U.N.-sponsored dialogue meetings recently between representatives of Libya’s eastern-based parliament and Tripoli-based Higher Council of State to discuss final drafts to amend the current political agreement, Xinhua reported.

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