Italy’s foreign minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi has announced that on 12-13 November Palermo will host an international meeting aimed at helping bring peace to turmoil-wracked Libya. “Italy has never doubted that elections should take place in Libya but it believes there must be the right conditions for these to be held”, he said. Minister Moavero underlined the importance of holding safe and secure elections with « solid institutions » and played down differences between Italy and France, whose president Emmanuel Macron has pushed for polls to take place on 10 December. However, it was still not clear if Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar would show up in Sicily.

In an interview with Reuters published on Tuesday, Haftar said he still supported plans for national elections in Libya in December, but accused other players of not fulfilling their promises that would have paved the way for a ballot. Minister Moavero said that the meeting would drive towards “a common solution, even if there are differences of opinion between the parties involved”.

Maria Elena Argano

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ANSA Website: http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/mondo/2018/10/02/libiasummit-a-palermo-il-12-13-novembre_555f30e1-e7b3-4d2f-be01-c4e323c9b995.html

NEWS24 Website: https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/libya-conference-to-be-held-in-sicily-in-november-italy-20181003