AU approves peace plan, calls for new unity govt

He said the Summit felt that the situation at Libya was of great concern because the political process in that country had been stagnated.

African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017

The AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, made this known on Tuesday in Addis Ababa at a news conference on the activities of the commission

He expressed concern that while the process to restore political order remained stagnant, the country’s population lacked basic services such as electricity and medical care, causing additional problems to the peace process.

He added that the AU had formed a High-Level Committee on Libya and asked Libya’s neighbours to become part of the Committee to accelerate the search for peace and stability there.

“We cannot achieve much in Libya without Libya’s neighbours,” Chergui said.

He said that Chadian President Idriss Deby was a member of the High-Level Committee, which had been overseeing the political process.

According to him, the AU Summit endorsed the High-Level Committee’s request to allLibyan political players to revisit the composition of the Presidential Council, which is mandated to appoint the government.

“The High-Level Committee on Libya held its last meeting in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, where it appealed to the government and the House of Representatives to speed up resolution on the crisis.

“The Committee urged the parliament to revisit the composition of the Presidential Council, saying out of its nine members, four had stopped attending meetings of the Council.’’

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