South Africa: Libyan impasse under spotlight at AU Summit

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The International Contact Group on Libya on Friday began meeting on the sidelines of the 25th ordinary session of the AU Assembly.

The group consists of Libya's neighbours Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia, as well as a number of other concerned AU members.

At its last meeting on 1 April in Niger, Angola, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Mauritania were present, along with Zimbabwe in its capacity as AU chair. In addition the UN, the European Union and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation also attended the Niamey meeting.

Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been torn among numerous, rival, armed militias affiliated to regions, cities and tribes, while the central government has been weak and unable to establish stability.

Competing militias have lined up against each other in a political struggle between Islamist politicians and their opponents.

The country has also been riven by conflict between rival parliaments since mid-2014. Tribal militias and jihadist groups have taken advantage of the power vacuum.

In January, negotiations were held with the aim to find a peaceful agreement between the rival parties. However, with terrorism increasing, neighbouring countries are also being affected.
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