Tanzania: AU High Level Committee calls for new inclusive cabinet in Libya

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) -The African Union (AU) High Level Committee on Libya has called upon all members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the Presidency Council to work together for the appointment of a new inclusive cabinet and establish a new Government of National Accord (GNA) within the shortest time possible.

Meeting in Addis Ababa on 8 November 2016, at the level of Heads of State and Government, the Committee reiterated the validity of the Libyan Political Accord and stressed that there can be no military solution to the current crisis in Libya.

The committee's communiqué released on Wednesday by the Peace and Security Department of the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, expressed the deep concern of the AU about the prevailing humanitarian and security situation, and the deadlocked political process in Libya, marked by continuing infighting by armed militias, resulting in challenges for maintaining state authority throughout the country.

According to the communiqué, the High Level Committee also expressed strong support and solidarity with the people of Libya in the face of the humanitarian, social, and security challenges facing them amid the complete absence of peace in the country.

The Committee has urged the HoR to expeditiously endorse a new GNA, once the Presidency Council submits a new consensual and inclusive list of cabinet members, as provided for in the Libya Political Agreement.

It emphasised that the Government, thus endorsed, "should endeavour particularly to establish a national army under a single command and draft a new constitution".

In the meantime, the High Level Committee called upon the current GNA to continue to perform its duties until the new members of cabinet are endorsed by the HoR and reiterated its strong support to the territorial integrity and unity of Libya.  

Convened by current AU Chairman, President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad, the meeting was attended by Presidents Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn of Ethiopia, and Mauritanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Isselkou Ould Izidbih.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museven also participated in the meeting, which was also attended by AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, leaders of neighbouring countries of Libya, namely President Omar Hassan El Bashir of Sudan, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, Algeria's Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the League of Arab States Abdelkader Messahel, and Tunisian Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sabri Bachtobji.

Other participants of the meeting were Ambassador Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security; the AU High Representative for Libya, former President KIkwete of Tanzania; Moussa Al Kouni, Deputy Chairman of the Presidency Council of the GNA; and Ambassador Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Libya.  
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