Representatives from the two sides of the Libya conflict announced they were suspending their participation in the political dialogue that was set to take place in Geneva tomorrow. This is, despite assurances by the UN that the talks will take place as scheduled.
The eastern-based LNA representative said his side was withdrawing due to the UN approving only 8 of the 13 names proposed for the delegation to Geneva . The Tripoli-based GNA spokesman said it would not take part in political talks until progress was made on the military negotiations. A senior GNA official said his side would "not be bound by the outcome of the political talks if they went ahead 'before knowing the military dialogue's conclusions' ".
The announcement took place just hours after UNSMIL released a statement saying senior military figures from both sides agreed to put forth a draft ceasefire agreement to their sides before they meet again in March.
The UN process is intended to bring together lawmakers from Tripoli and Tobruk to end the fighting in Tripoli as a part of a wider process that includes political, economic and military tracks. UNSMIL said the political talks would take place as scheduled, February 26. They added that many of the intended participants have arrived and they hope all will "follow suit".