Khalifa Haftar blocked LPDF discussions, says Head of High Council of State

Khalid Al-Mishri stated that the LPDF meetings that took place during the week were undermined by Khalifa Haftar.

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Khalid Al-Mishri, the Head of High Council of State, made statements about the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) meetings that took place in Geneva during the week, where no consensus was reached.

In a press release, al-Mishri accused Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the eastern militia, of making efforts to undermine a joint decision in the talks. Al-Mishri stated that Haftar sent his son to the meetings in Geneva to put pressure on some members of the 75-member LPDF, and that his son forced the LPDF members to hold elections without establishing a certain constitutional basis.

Al-Mishri stated that, during the meetings, some members opposed the candidacy conditions in the draft constitution and insisted on the nomination of candidates without any conditions.  Underlining that no result could be reached due to these attitudes, Mishri reminded Haftar that he should renounce his military identity and citizenship of any other country. Nonetheless, Mishri added that Haftar also should be tried for his war crimes in the past.

The LPDF negotiations, which took place between June 28 and July 2, did not reach a conclusion in determining the constitutional basis of the elections. Making statements at the end of the talks, UNSMIL Coordinator Raisedon Zenenga stated that the established reconciliation committee could not reach a conclusion, but that they would continue their work.

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