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EU might impose sanctions on those who oppose the dialogue

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The European Union Foreign Ministers will meet to discuss the current situation in Libya after the recent initialling of the draft, the UN Envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, will also be attending the meeting.

Diplomatic sources in the EU have revealed that, later this week, the Foreign Ministers of member states will begin to discuss ways to impose sanctions on those who seek to jeopardise, or slow down the UN-led dialogue. Rival Libyan factions taking part in the dialogue, are seeking a peaceful agreement which can see the end of the security and political crisis in the country.

According to the Italian agency “ANSA”, the diplomatic sources said on Sunday, that the Foreign Ministers of the EU, will meet on Monday in Brussels, with the UN Envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, to try and find different ways of imposing sanctions on those who oppose the dialogue, and to find a way to end the Libyan crisis.

The European Council of Foreign Affairs will be discussing in this meeting the most recent developments in the dialogue, as well as the different routes which could be taken in order to guarantee, and fund a plan to initiate peace and stability in Libya.

It’s worth noting that, the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobrok has already signed on the draft, laid out by the UN envoy, Leon, in Skhirat, Morocco. The HoR signed after they have had the chance to propose their amendments.

However, the General National Council (GNC) has refused to sign on the draft, unless they also have the chance to amend some aspects of it. It has been confirmed that the dialogue will continue according to Leon, as he is still searching for ways to get the opposing sides to agree, and Libya can finally see the end of the political crisis, which has gone on for a very long time.

Even though, the dialogue does seem to be going nowhere, it is still a step in the right direction, the fact that most of the rival sides are taking part in the dialogue, does give Libyans hope, to see an end to the yearlong crisis. With the presence of six mayors partaking in the dialogue, three of them from the main cities –Benghazi, Misrata and Tripoli- and the two main political parties, the National Forces Alliance (Tahaluf Al-Quwah Al-Wataniya) and the Justice and Construction Party (Al-Adalaa Wa Al-Binaa). This is all evidence that there is progress in these talks.

Many observers of the dialogue do say, that the main issue is the format of the talks, due to the fact that the HoR refused to sit down with the GNC, the UN has decided to sit down in one-on-one sessions with each of the five groups taking part in the dialogue, each group demanding their agenda to be implemented, there have been situations where drafts have favoured the HoR, then the GNC, every time the losing side accuses the UN of bias, which does slow down the process and make it complicated.

If a solution is still to be agreed on, some observers would say that the best way to progress in these talks is to sit down all five groups taking part, and hold direct face-to-face talks, with the UN to act as the mediator between these groups, this way, issues can be brought to the table and can be dealt with.

In light of recent events, the situation in Libya has not been constructive, with the recent kidnapping of the three Christians by Islamic State, the dialogue needs to speed up, as the issue in Libya is deteriorating, security in the country is falling apart, is there an end to this mayhem?