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AU seeks conference on Libya, elections in October

AFP  |  Addis Ababa 

The on Monday called for a global conference in July to try to resolve the conflict in Libya, with the aim of holding elections in October.

A statement said it would like to hold "an international conference on reconciliation in under the auspices of the AU and the UN" during the first half of July.

It also requested the "to take, jointly with the and the Libyan government, all the necessary measures for the organisation of presidential and legislative elections in October 2019."

The AU's current chief, Egyptian Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has underscored the need for "African solutions to African problems."

has been torn between rival administrations and a myriad of militias since the NATO-backed overthrow and killing of dictator in 2011.

Chief among them are an internationally recognised led by in and a parallel administration in the east loyal to strongman

The political chaos and insecurity benefits jihadist groups, which have carried out numerous attacks in recent years, including more than 20 in 2018 against institutions linked to the GNA and Haftar's self-styled

A at the AU summit in told AFP that African leaders viewed in a very bad light what they termed as "outside interference in

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 05:15 IST