The High Council of State (HCS) reaffirmed Tuesday that it did not call for any amendments from the start but the House of Representatives (HoR) was the one that refrained from adopting the political agreement and demanded it be amended.
On its official website, the dialogue committee of the HCS added in a statement that the HoR must present written documents for the articles it rejects, saying they are ready to tackle them positively and see what amendments can be made. The statement also said that the HCS refuses the prolongations and boycotting strategies that cripple the work of the state institutions, adding that it is keen on reaching an agreement with the HoR to help alleviate the suffering of the Libyan people.
The Head of the dialogue committee of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) Abdelsalam Nesiya, announced Monday evening that they had suspended their participation in the negotiations in Tunisia.
In a televised statement, which Alnabaa TV Channel obtained, Nasiya explained that after days of deliberations, the HoR delegation remarked that the High Council of State (HCS) was keen on not having a conclusive solution for conflicting points, besides going back to issues that had been dealt with on previous occasions.
“The suspension of participation in the meetings will continue until we obtain written forms explaining the HCS’s opinion on the conflicting matters.” He explained.
Relatedly, the member of the HoR’s dialogue committee Ziyad Daghim said that their withdrawal from the meeting in Tunisia was aimed at gaining more details about the dialogue process with the HCS and the UNSMIL.
Daghim told Alnabaa TV Channel that their withdrawal had nothing to do with the Presidential Council or government, adding that it did not even mean that they won’t resume the negotiations tomorrow.
According to to Alnabaa TV Channel’s reporter Safwan Abu Sahmain, the HoR members left the meeting place at the Tunis-based UNSMIL headquarters and went for a closed meeting to ponder the issues, most probably of the controversial Article 08 and the authorities of the army.
The member of the joint committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS) Amena Emtir told Alnabaa TV Channel on Sunday that there had not been an agreement on the mechanism to pick the Presidential Council three members at the Tunisian meetings, adding that the delegates are still discussing the issues.
Meanwhile, the reporter also said that the HCS members departed the meeting Monday and went for a closed deliberation in their residence.
The Libyan dialogue meetings in Tunisia at the UNSMIL’s headquarters resumed Monday for the second day in a row to discuss the amendment to the Libyan political agreement signed in Skhirat, Morocco in December 2015.
Meanwhile, the first round of the amendment meetings in Tunisia at the beginning of this month saw an agreement on reshaping the Presidential Council into a head and two deputies, with separate government appointments, as part of the action plan announced by Salame on September 20.