LIBYA TOWARDS A COLLAPSE, LEON: “IF THERE’S NO AGREEMENT, ISLAMIC STATE WILL WIN” This was the last appeal made by UN special envoy who has affirmed the urgent need to reach an agreement in order to set up a government of national unity

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The situation in Libya is all the more precarious, if there is no agreement, of the two parties, the Isis is likely to win. This has been the warning given by UN special envoy Bernardino Leon, according to whom the ongoing civil war in the country does nothing but strengthen the terrorists who are taking advantage of this internal fragility to gain ground. Leon has also made known how the Islamic presence in the country had been restricted to the east of the country just only six months before and how it had spread like wildfire in the hinterland, from Tripoli to Sirte, towards the southern areas.

According to UN special envoy , the urgent need to arrive to a positive outcome of the negotiations in order to set up a national government of unity, must be understood: “The experts – Leon underlined – say that it is still possible today, to tackle the Da’esh ( Arab acronym meaning Isis) in Libya but in the absence of an agreement, and should the war go on, it will be more difficult in future.” Without this agreement, terrorism shall have the upperhand.

“The country no longer has any time left – drammatically underlines the UN special envoy – Libya is on the verge of collapse, both from a political and economic point of view”. A prospect confirmed in a meeting between Leon and the governor of the country’s Central Bank: “Difficulties are all over”. In order to tackle this emergency, we are working on a fourth draft of the agreement, hoping we achieve some results in the forthcoming 3 to 4 weeks”.

If in the last negotiations we came to an 80% convergence, what remains now is to work on the last 20%, which appears more difficult to do, in order to do this explains Leon “we are not seeking to achieve 100% satisfaction from all the parties, because it would not be possible, but we will need to grant concessions”.

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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