Agreeing to maybe agree again at some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future

When last we left Libya, its two competing “national” governments were in talks to try to form a national unity government, but it wasn’t going so well, mostly because the Tripoli government was dragging its feet. Yesterday came reports of a breakthrough, maybe:

Libya’s rival governments have reached a “consensus” on the main elements of a political agreement, a UN special envoy has told reporters.

Bernardino Leon said in Skhirat, Morocco, on Sunday that the two sides were able to “overcome their differences” on major outstanding issues, increasing the likelihood of signing a long-awaited agreement to form a unity government this month.

Leon said it was the first time “that we have the possibility to make it and to have this agreement with all the parties, all the key parties in Libya onboard,” adding that both sides have made compromises.

“We know that it is going to require a lot of work, but we believe that it will be possible to reach this deadline of the 20th of September with an agreement that will be signed,” said Leon.

So they’ve maybe reached consensus on possibly hashing out a political agreement that might end Libya’s civil war, perhaps by next week. Sounds spectacular speculative! One hangup continues to be that the Tripoli government won’t put forward any names of people to serve in this hypothetical unity government, a problem that this consensus announcement has apparently done nothing to fix, since Leon is still waiting on Tripoli to provide some names. Supposedly they had 48 hours to do so (so by tomorrow), and if they haven’t done so by then…ah, there’s probably nothing anybody will be able to do about it.

Lots of obvious reasons to be skeptical here, but maybe something good is really brewing.

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