Weeks after Libya’s warring factions signed a ceasefire agreement, talks between the two sides will hold today in neighbouring Tunisia as part of a continuing peace process.
Last month, the Government of National Accord based in Tripoli and the eastern parliament led by Gen Khalifa Haftar both signed a ceasefire deal to enable them start negotiations on forming a single government with the aim of holding elections.
The head of the United Nations mission, Stephanie Williams, said there had already been significant progress and these latest talks offered Libyans a unique opportunity.
Seventy-five persons will take part in the talks, selected by the UN to represent Libya’s political, military and social factions.
Few weeks back, Libya`s largest oil field resumed operation following nearly nine months of suspension as warring factions in the country scuffle for power. Gen Haftar’s forces imposed the blockade in January when they were still besieging the capital, Tripoli, but agreed to lift it in September.
Libya’s economy is dependent on oil.
Libya was plunged into chaos when a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled and killed longtime ruler Mohammar Gadhafi. The country has since split between rival east- and west-based administrations, each backed by armed groups and foreign governments.
Research Says Most IS Attacks Happen In Africa
The Global Terrorism Index an annual review of terrorism trends has found that sub-Saharan Africa saw the most attacks linked to the Islamic State group and its affiliates.
The review found that there were just under 14,000 deaths across the world linked to terrorism – the fifth consecutive year that figure had decreased.
The research also found that the largest decrease in deaths were in Nigeria and Afghanistan.
The largest increase in terrorism occurred in Burkina Faso – where deaths rose by 590%.
It also marks Mozambique, Mali and Niger as among the countries that have had a concerning increase in terrorist attacks.
The Global Terrorism Index developed by the think tank the Institute of Economics and Peace, warned that deteriorating economic conditions could make more people susceptible to extremist propaganda.
Fears Of Locust Swarms Grips East Africa
There are fears of a new wave of locust swarms invasion in east Africa. This week Kenya agriculture ministry of agriculture says it was standing in readiness to tackle the problem after locusts were spotted in a region bordering Somalia.
Locust swarms are a threat to food security. Kenya and its partners have budgeted 320 million dollars to deal with locust invasion.
A UN agency – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned of fresh waves of desert locust swarms in the horn of Africa region after cyclone Gati hit Somalia. It warned that the swarms would move south in Somalia and Ethiopia, reaching northern Kenya, from mid-December. UN says the scale of the migration could be substantial as the heavy rainfall in Somalia is expected to allow for widespread breeding.
Earlier in the year, billions of the insects destroyed crops across the region. It was the worst invasion of locusts for more than 70 years. The UN is warning that a second generation would be even be more destructive.
Cyclone Gati Displaces Thousands In Somalia
The United Nations Humanitarian Agency has said 42,000 persons have been displaced in Somalia by the tropical cyclone, Gati. The cyclone hit the coastal parts of northern Somalia on Sunday.
The UN agency says roads have been blocked as a result of flooding and aid is unable to get to the affected people.
The UN`s humanitarian agency citing authorities in Puntland state, Somalia estimates, that the cyclone may have directly or indirectly affected 180,000 persons.
Residents of Bossaso town are among those displaced as heavy rains continue in the coastal region.