The two governments vying for power in Libya began two days of contacts in Morocco on Sunday in an attempt to bring positions closer together and resume political negotiations following the failed ceasefire announced by the unity government in August.
A delegation from this government, based in Tripoli, and representatives of the parliament in Tobruk, in eastern Libya, will attend the meeting. Morocco hosted the 2015 peace talks that led to the creation of a unified administration.
The Tripoli delegation found these first contacts positive. For his part, a Tobruk spokesman, Abdulá Belhaq, has assured that the goal is “to reach an agreement on the distribution of sovereign positions” before returning through the United Nations.
The national unity government announced a ceasefire in August, but it was rejected by the Libyan national army, under the command of Khalifa Haftar and an ally of the Eastern authorities. These forces viewed the ceasefire as a maneuver by the Tripoli government to take control of strategic areas like Sirte.