Lawmakers in eastern city Tobruk under increasing diplomatic pressure to approve UN-sponsored plan for unity government.Lawmakers in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk are under increasing diplomatic pressure to approve the UN-sponsored plan for a unity government, following an announcement earlier this week that they had rejected it.
Quizzed by a Libyan TV interviewer late on Wednesday, the speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), Agila Saleh, responded that that “the door of dialogue is not shut”.
Lawmakers in the parliament he heads were committed to “continued dialogue for the formation of a government of consensus” for the whole country, he told Libya’s Channel television. “Concessions will be needed from all sides.”
Since it was elected in June 2014 the HoR has been Libya’s internationally recognised government. Its initial mandate expired on Tuesday, however.
In a statement released in Brussels the previous day, the European Union, the US and an array of countries from Morocco to the United Arab Emirates had strongly urged all parties in Libya to accept the peace plan “without introducing further amendments”, in view of the risks of further instability.
The UN envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon, on Wednesday said the HoR “had not been allowed to hold a vote” on whether or not to sign up to the the peace plan.info-aljazeera