The AU High Level Committee has welcomed the interest shown by the Libyan people to resolve the current political conflict in their country. The meeting of the six-member panel that includes President Jacob Zuma, ended in Congo-Brazzavile on Saturday night. The one-day meeting was called to find lasting solutions to the Libyan crisis. War has been raging in that country since the fall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi six years ago. But the AU Panel says parties to the conflict are now committed to find peace. After a marathon meeting on the Libyan crisis, the AU High Level Committee on Libya led by five presidents says peace is on the horizon in the North African country. For the first time in six years, warring parties in the Libyan crisis including the House of Representatives and High State Council gathered under one roof to sort out their differences. President Zuma who is part of the negotiating team, commended Libyans insisting that an inclusive political dialogue is the only viable means to achieve durable peace in that country. Speaking through an interpreter, Chairperson of the AU High Level Committee and Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso says the solution to the Libyan crisis rests with Libyans themselves. And peace efforts in Libya also got a blessing from the United Nations. The UN representative to Libya, Ghassen Salani, says they will work with the AU to ensure lasting peace and stability in the North African country. Salani says the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly starting in New York later this month, will come up with a strategy for peace in Libya. The three-page communiqué painted a positive picture of the solution to the Libyan crisis as Congolese Foreign Minister Jean Claude Gakosso elaborates. With the hope of peace now in the offing in Tripoli, the AU High Level Committee now says there is an urgent need to convene the National Reconciliation Conference in Libya to help take the country to lasting peace and stability.
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– By Ntebo Mokobo