UN Libya Envoy Says Failure to Hold Peace Conference Will Fuel Military Conflict

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According to the UN Special Envoy to Libya, a peace conference will occur in the next few weeks. However, date, place or participants have not currently been outlined.

Failure to hold a national reconciliation conference will encourage those who seek a military solution to the conflict in Libya, warned Ghassan Salame, UN special envoy on Libya on Friday.

“If this were to be allowed, Libya’s progress will be set back years and almost certainly open the door to those who believe there is only a martial solution to Libya’s woes,” he said, via video to the UN Security Council from Tripoli.

A peace conference, if it should be held later this month, would be viewed by the UN as a precursor to upcoming presidential elections intended to end the ongoing conflict.

Although Salame did not provide date and place for a conference, he assured the Security Council that he is doing everything possible to allow the event to take place “in the coming weeks.”

Salame said that it is vital that the conference is held “in the right conditions, with the right people.”

The special envoy did not elaborate on what he meant by “the right people,” however. There are at least three major powers fighting for control of the country: the Government of the National Accord, which controls western parts of the country; General Khalifa Khaftar, who controls eastern sections, and Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the murdered leader, said to have power…

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