Participants of the Libyan dialogue conference in Cairo
Egypt's government concluded on Wednesday a conference with Libyan officials and representatives from the country's numerous factions, issuing a declaration of principles and five proposed amendments to an agreement, brokered by the UN in 2015, which aimed to create a unity government in the war-torn North African state.
Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry and Army Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy attended the two-day conference in Cairo, along with a range of Libyan representatives.
The conference concluded by underscoring four main principles to be respected in Libya's transition: the preservation of a united Libyan territory, support for national institutions, non-interference by foreign bodies, and the maintenance of a civil state.
After discussing political developments in Libya since 2014, participants in the conference concluded by proposing five amendments to the UN-brokered 2015 agreement, to guarantee its success in ending the violence and ongoing state of political, economic and humanitarian insecurity in the country.
The proposed amendments are as follows:
First, amend representation inside the Libyan National Dialogue Commission in a way that balances all national factions in the country.
Second, amend the authorities of the Libyan army chief commander outlined in the 8th article of the 2015 agreement.
Third, Guarantee the independence of the Libyan Army as a non-partisan, non-political force in the country.
Fourth, reform the Libyan State Council to include members of the Libyan General National Congress—a legislative body elected to a two-year mandate in 2012 and replaced by Libya's current House of Representatives in August, 2014 .
Fifth, re-structure the Libyan Presidential Council and its system of decision-making.
Concluding the conference, the Libyan participants called on the Libyan National Dialogue Commission and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya to hold a meeting within two weeks to discuss the conference proposals and possible solutions to end the crisis.