Reuters: UN could delay Libya National Conference to March

UN delegate to Libya Ghassan Salame. (Photo: Internet)

Reuters reported on Thursday that the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is likely to delay the Libyan National Conference intended to prepare Libya for elections this year until there is more support from rival leaders.

According to sources familiar with the UNSMIL’s plans speaking to Reuters, the conference could still happen by the end of February, but a delay until at least March looked more likely.

The sources indicated that the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, won’t announce a venue and date ahead until he thinks there is enough support from all sides in Libya.

UNSMIL told Reuters in a statement on Thursday: “We plan for the conference to happen as soon as possible.”

The national conference is central to a UN and Western roadmap for a vote in Libya as a way out of its eight-year war since the fall of Moammar Gaddafi.

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