'Political solution' only way-out for Libya: Contact group

ADDIS ABABA – The International Contact Group on Libya (ICG-L) on Wednesday described political solution as the only way-out of the Libyan crisis.

In a final communiqué following its meeting in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the group, denounced the use of force to resolve        political and institutional crises in Libya.

The ICG-L, which is composed of 16 Arab and European states, voiced concern over the presence of what it described as "terrorist" organizations in Libya, saying some of these organizations had found a fertile soil in different parts of Libya.

The contact group also welcomed dialogue between Libyan rivals in Geneva, which was held on Jan. 26 and 27.

The group said dialogue only would yield a solution and open the door for sustainable peace, stability, security and reconciliation in Libya.

The opening session of the ICG-L meeting was initially boycotted by Egypt and Libya in protest at the presence of Qatar and Turkey.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Dairi walked out of the conference room within minutes after the start of the opening session, while his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry failed to attend the session, which was delayed for half an hour.

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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