'Deep divisions' overshadow AU council meetings on Libya

ADDIS ABABA – Closed-door meetings of the African Union (AU) Executive Council on the Libyan crisis have been marred by "deep divisions", a source close the meeting has said.

"The Libyan situation has become confusing and extremely complicated," the source, who requested anonymity, told the Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

He said the issue has been left to the AU Peace and Security Council, which will hear a report by AU envoy to Libya Dalita Mohamed Dalita on the situation in the country on Thursday.

According to the source, Algeria opposes any international military intervention in Libya.

"Two other countries, however, advocate [military] intervention to resolve the crisis and prevent it from spilling over to neighboring countries," the source said.

The source cited Chad, which has not taken a decision on military intervention in violence-ridden Libya.

"Chad has linked its decision to France and the West, which had informed the African Union that they would not intervene unless under the UN umbrella," the source said.

Mauritania, meanwhile, has maintained a "neutral" stance on the Libyan crisis, the source said.

"The Libyan crisis has entered a dark phase and the AU role is no longer desirable by the stakeholders of the Libyan situation," the source said.

The International Contact Group for Libya (ICGL) will meet on Wednesday in Addis Ababa to discuss the Libyan crisis, according to diplomatic sources.

The group is composed of 16 Arab and European countries, in addition to the AU, the Arab League and the UN.

The UN envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, will submit a report on the situation to the ICGL, the sources said.

Libya has remained in a state of turmoil since the fall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011. Rival militias have frequently clashed in Libya's main cities, including capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.

Political divisions have yielded two rival seats of government in the country, each of which has its own institutions.

Vying for legislative authority are the internationally-backed House of Representatives, which convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk, and the Islamist-led General National Congress, which – even though its mandate has ended – continues to convene in Tripoli.

The two assemblies support two different governments headquartered in the two respective cities as well as two military entities.

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