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Country Report Libya

  • ID: 2101513
  • October 2014
  • Region: Libya
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, and the new EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, made a surprise visit to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on October 11th. The two delegates held talks with representatives from Libya's elected parliament, the House of Representatives (HoR) and endorsed a mediation program launched two weeks before by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The high-profile visit, which had been kept a secret until the last moment, came as fighting raged to the west of Tripoli between Misuratan and Zintani forces. Residents reported a huge security operation around the hotel where the meetings took place in central Tripoli, with some media reports claiming that Italian special forces took charge of the operation.

Even more surprising than the timing was the location of the visit. Tripoli is outside the control of Libya's official government and elected parliament, which is instead meeting in the far east of the country. By insisting on holding the meeting in the capital, Mr Ban's message is that the solution to the current crisis in Libya must be political rather than military.

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