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Libya: Have we Failed a Failing State?

On Monday 20th January, the UK’s Conservative Middle East Council (CMEC) hosted a roundtable discussion on Libya with Peter Millett (former UK Ambassador to Libya), Tim Eaton (Chatham House) and Tarek Megerisi (European Council on Foreign Relations – ECFR). You can listen to the discussion here. (Source: CMEC)

Libya Improves Ranking in Corruption Perceptions Index

By John Lee. Transparency International has said that Libya’s ranking has risen slightly in its global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). From a total of 180 countries, Libya came in at number 168; last year’s position was 170 out of 180 countries. This result puts it on equal ranking with Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the […]

55 Points Agreed at Berlin Conference

Joint Statement by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the High Representative/Vice-President, Josep Borrell Fontelles The Berlin Conference on Libya brought together the most influential regional and international partners at this critical moment in the Libyan crisis. 55 points were agreed today by the attending countries and organisations. The participants […]

Libya protagonists pledge to Halt Weapon Transfers

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Key states have agreed to support a full ceasefire to end Libya’s civil conflict and uphold a United Nations arms embargo at a summit in Germany. But Libya’s warring leaders renegade military commander Khalifa […]

NOC Condemns Calls to Blockade Oil Facilities

The board of directors of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) strongly condemns calls to blockade oil ports ahead of the Berlin Conference on Sunday. NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said: “The oil and gas sector is the lifeblood of the Libyan economy and the single source of income for the Libyan people. The oil and the […]

Into the Libya Vortex

From the Carnegie Middle East Center. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. In an interview, Jalel Harchaoui, research fellow in the Conflict Research Unit of the Clingendael Institute based in The Hague, discusses the regional repercussions of the proxy war in North […]

Haftar Leaves Moscow Without Signing Ceasefire

By John Lee. The head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, has reportedly left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement drafted at talks in Russia on yesterday. According to Reuters, his failure to sign the agreement at talks mediated by Turkey and Russia may complicate a diplomatic effort to stabilise the situation in […]

GNA and LNA to Halt Military Operations

The embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Delegation of the European Union join the UN Support Mission for Libya in welcoming the acceptance by parties in Libya of a ceasefire on January 12 and announcement that both the GNA and LNA will halt military operations. We urge the […]