Libyan Islamist leader says deal difficult in Rabat talks

(AGI) Tripoli, March 7 - Negotiations are still ongoing inRabat between Libya's conflicting parties. Following theoptimist statements by UN special envoy to Libya, BernardinoLeon, on the Rabat talks, Abdul Hakeem Belhadj, an influentsupporter of the self-declared Islamist government notrecognised by the international community, affirmed that theUN-mediated talks were the only way to end the country'sconflict, although a deal would be difficult as long as a rivalgovernment works with a former ally of Muammar Gaddafi, namelyGeneral Khalifa Haftar. In an interview reported by theinternational press, Belhadj said: "The current crisis, the

(AGI) Tripoli, March 7 - Negotiations are still ongoing inRabat between Libya's conflicting parties. Following theoptimist statements by UN special envoy to Libya, BernardinoLeon, on the Rabat talks, Abdul Hakeem Belhadj, an influentsupporter of the self-declared Islamist government notrecognised by the international community, affirmed that theUN-mediated talks were the only way to end the country'sconflict, although a deal would be difficult as long as a rivalgovernment works with a former ally of Muammar Gaddafi, namelyGeneral Khalifa Haftar. In an interview reported by theinternational press, Belhadj said: "The current crisis, thedivision between the two parliaments, governments and also twogroups of army, could be only ended through consensus andserious dialogue." From Rabat, Mr Leon said he was in favour ofa naval blockade in front of the coasts of Libya. "There's ameasure that the European Union can take right away: Come outin force to guard the seas off Libya. Italy can't do it alone;it needs help. I'm sure that the UN Security Council willsupport the initiative," Leon was quoted saying. In a longinterview to Morocco's 2M TV network, the Spanish diplomatexplained that the different stakeholders have shown a "goodpositive spirit" during the second day of political talks,which could lead to an agreement because, "despite the twodelegations have not met directly yet, there is willingness toreach a solution, especially after the recent terrorist attacksthat have struck Morocco." (AGI). .