Egypt expressed its reservation on the “new” plan of power sharing between Libyan rivals that were agreed upon, Sunday, in Tunisia, and called for more focused efforts to expand the base of support for Skhirat agreement and the formation of the Government of National Accord (GNA) emanating from it.
Representatives of both parties to the Libyan crisis announced agreement on a set of principles hoping of turning them into a political agreement approved by the two authorities, to end the conflict going for nearly eighteen months in the oil-rich country.
The spokesman for the Egyptian government, Ahmed Abu Zaid, called to “not to waste the efforts of the recent United Nations agreement.”
Abu Zeid called on all Libyan parties to “rise above personal interests and regional affiliations, uphold the supreme interests of the country, do more efforts in order to reach the desired agreement that has the support of all political forces and geographic areas in Libya, and to ensure the formation of a national unity government assigned with fighting terrorism spread across the Libyan state”.
He added that promotion of security and political stability in Libya is Egypt’s first priority, which shares a long border with Libya, that witnessed attacks against Egyptians in particular the massacre perpetrated by elements of the Islamic state (IS) and claimed the lives of 21 Copts in February.
The Middle East News Agency (MENA) quoted Abu Zaid’s remarks, regarding the agreement between some members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the outgoing General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli, on a declaration of principles in Tunisia, that states the formation of a 10 members’ committee of parliamentarians to name the head of the Government of National Accord and two deputies within 10 days.
Abu Zaid called to build on the recent UN agreement, not on something new, saying that “the Libyan efforts should be focused on expanding the base of support for the Skhirat agreement and the formation of the national unity government emanating from it.”
The former United nations envoy, Bernardino Leon, proposed to parties of the conflict, on 9 October , in Skhirat, power-sharing government or “national consensus government” includes an executive council composed of the Prime Minister (Fayez Al-Sarraj) and five deputy prime ministers and three senior ministers, which is still rejected by parties until today.
From his part, the Tunisian president Beji Qaid Essebsi expressed his support for the initial agreement which was hosted by his country. A statement issued by the Presidency of Tunisia, Sunday evening, said that Essebsi stressed, while greeting delegations representing the HoR and the GNC, his full support for the agreement in the framework of “helping reach a political solution to preserve the unity of Libya and the territorial integrity“.
The statement said that Tunisia “welcomes all steps to help end division in Libya and enable this brotherly country to recover its unity and sovereignty, ensure security and stability on its territory”. Stressing “the importance of commitment to the political agreement that was reached under the auspices of the United Nations.”
The statement called on “all Libyan parties to communicate with the envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in order to accelerate the implementation of the agreement and form unity government.”
The agreement, signed in Tunisia, includes three points, most important to form a committee of 10 members of parliaments (5 from the HoR and 5 from the GNC) to name the president of the unity government and two deputies, one from the HoR and the other from the GNC.