african union 55 members pledge to increase role in libya - back un process; offer to partake in peacekeeping role
The African Union is seeking a larger role in Libya. Wrapping up a 2 day summit in Addis Ababa, the 55 member states of the African Union pledged to push for peace in Libya and signified they seek a larger role. AU Peace and Security Council Chief, Smail Chergui, offered assistance to revive the UN-led peace process.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the new AU chairman, said that Libya (along with South Sudan) is one of two conflicts on the continent he wants to focus on ending during his tenure.
The AU has complained about being overlooked in international efforts to stabilise Libya. Chergui said AU could support peace if sides agreed to cease hostilities, offering to be part of any observer mission.
We recently reported on this site of the AU, and specifically Algeria and Tunisia, seeking to take on a greater role in the Libyan crisis. Aside from Egypt, and to a lesser extent Sudan and Chad, which send mercenaries to fight for Haftar and the LNA, the AU's memberships has remained largely neutral and sidelined, until recently, from the conflict.