Video Duration 24 minutes 39 seconds
From: Inside Story

Are Libyan factions being forced to sign a UN deal?

Western powers meet in Rome to urge Libyans to form a national unity government.

The US, Italy and their allies are trying to press rival Libyan factions into signing a UN-brokered peace deal. 

The two rival groups have been vying for control of the country for months.

This has left a vacuum that has been filled by an increasingly powerful local branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
That development has Western powers extremely worried, with some suggesting that ISIL will need to be fought in Libya, just as it is being targeted in Iraq and Syria.

The problem is that not everyone is on board with the UN-brokered deal.

And some analysts warn that pushing it through could strengthen resistance among Libyans to outside involvement.

So is this deal being rushed through by the international community? And are all sides being represented?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Claudia Gauzzini, Senior Libya Analyst at the International Crisis Group.

Youssef Cherif, political analyst specialising in North Africa.

Heba Alshibani, Libyan journalist and political commentator.