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Libya peace talks – Can they deliver?

France launches latest attempt to broker peace amid long-standing conflict between two main rival groups.

French President Emmanuel Macron has brought the two main Libyan rival groups together for face-to-face talks. The meeting in Paris is seen as a step towards reconciliation.

The latest attempt follows six years of conflict and chaos since longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown by rebels supported by a French-led NATO air campaign.

Now, Libya has two power centres; the UN-backed government of National Accord headed by Fayez al-Sarraj and the so-called Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, which control a large part of eastern Libya and its oil fields.

How far will Emanuelle Macron succeed when several previous attempts have failed? Why is he mediating?

Presenter: Richelle Carey.


Toby Cadman – international criminal and human rights lawyer.

Michel Cousins – Editor-in-chief, Libyan Herald.

Mattia Toaldo – Libyan political affairs specialist, European Council on Foreign Relations.