Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Launched in Tunisia

  • The draft Libyan dialogue in Tunisia called for an end to the armed conflict and a ceasefire, and the formation of a national unity government.
  • Tunisian President Kais Saied emphasized that the Libyan meeting in Tunis "is for the sake of peace."
  • French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the situation in Libya is going well, especially the ceasefire process.

On Monday, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) began in Tunisia, with the participation of 75 personalities from various Libyan parties, and in the presence of the Tunisian President, Qais Said. The Tunisian President emphasized that this step was “for the sake of peace.”

Kais Saied is a Tunisian politician, jurist and former lecturer serving as the fifth President of Tunisia since October 2019. He was president of the Tunisian Association of Constitutional Law from 1995 to 2019.

The draft Libyan dialogue in Tunisia called for an end to the armed conflict and a ceasefire, and the formation of a national unity government based on specialization and competence.

The draft also called for the formation of a presidential council, consisting of a president and two deputies, “in a manner that reflects the geographical balance.”

For his part, President Kais Saied emphasized that the Libyan meeting in Tunis “is for the sake of peace. We have been working for months to ensure that the solution stems from the will of the Libyan men and women.”

He continued:

“It is a historic moment that we are living today. We are proceeding with the same sincere determination and firm will to find a solution to overcome all obstacles, no matter how complicated.”

During his speech, Saied stressed that the Tunisian and Libyan peoples are “one people,” saying, “we share with you your joys and pains and the hopes that face us, there is no doubt that they are the same. We are one people and brothers.”

He continued:

“There are many initiatives, interpretations and readings have differed, and in the meantime, hundreds of innocent people have fallen. The quest to hold the forum in Tunisia came because we are one country, unified by history and we are united by the same will in terms of peace and security.”

The Tunisian president stressed the importance of reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis in Libya, stressing the need to collect weapons “in the hands of the legitimate authority.”

Stephanie Turco Williams is a United States diplomat. As of January 2020, Williams is the deputy head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya for political affairs.

He said, “This meeting does not constitute a competition, because the aim of it is a peaceful solution, setting clear procedures and specific dates for reaching a solution.”

In this context, the international envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, affirmed that the aim of these steps, including dialogue in Tunisia, is to work to “end the war and division in Libya.

Libyan politicians, jurists and intellectuals sent a message to Williams, in which they affirmed that:

“The Libyans are looking for a consensual solution to the Libyan crisis based on strict respect for the sovereignty and unity of Libya, stopping and criminalizing the fighting between brothers, and the departure of mercenaries, foreign fighters and any foreign forces from the Libyan territories.”

Departure of Mercenaries

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the situation in Libya is going well, especially the ceasefire process. In a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, at the Tahrir Palace in Cairo, Le Drian confirmed that Cairo and Paris adhere to the departure of mercenaries and respect restriction on the supply of weapons to Libya.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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