Ethiopia: AU Summit approves Libya peace plan, calls for new unity government

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit has unveiled a new peace roadmap for Libya and called for the formation of a new Presidential Council, which would form a new unity government.

“We felt this situation was of great concern because the political process is not moving forward,” African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui told reporters at the Summit on Tuesday.

The African leaders expressed concern that while the political process to restore political order remained stagnant, the country’s population were lacking basic services such as electricity and medical care, which is causing additional trouble to the peace process, Chergui added.

The AU Summit, which formed a High-Level Committee on Libya, asked Libya's neighbours to become part of the Committee in order to accelerate the search for peace and stability there.

“We cannot achieve much in Libya without Libya’s neighbours,” Chergui said.

Chadian President Idriss Deby is a member of the High-Level Committee, which has been overseeing the political process.

The Summit endorsed the High-Level Committee’s request to all the Libyan political players to revisit the composition of the Presidential Council, which is mandated to appoint the government.

“The High-Level Committee on Libya held its last meeting in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo. They made decisions, including appealing to the government and the House of Representatives, to speed up a resolution to the crisis,” Chergui said.

They urged Parliament to revisit the composition of the Presidential Council, saying out of its nine members, four of them had stopped attending the meetings of the Council.

The Summit called for the formation of an inclusive government that would respond to the humanitarian needs and embark on the reconciliation of all Libyan citizens.

“We are trying to find a political solution. We want a process that would allow Libya to come back to normalcy,” the AU official said.

The Presidential Council is made of state governors with the rank of Prime Minister. The Council acts as the Head of State and has overall command of the Army.
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