UK envoy: if Libya fails it could be Somalia on the Mediterranean

Libyan protesters at a rally in Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square in support of “Fajr Libya” (Libya Dawn). Delegates from Libya’s rival parliaments recently held indirect talks aimed at ending months of of violence. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

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International efforts to resolve the crisis in Libya after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi must forge agreement between the warring parties to forestall the emergence of a failed state that could become a “Somalia-on-the-Mediterranean,” the UK government’s special envoy has urged.

Jonathan Powell, a veteran of the Northern Ireland peace process, warned in an interview that violent chaos in Libya will spread to its neighbours and to Europe and Britain if left unchecked.

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