Baby steps towards peace in Libya

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

IN pursuit of a Libyan-led solution for their deep political problems, the two factions at war and bidding to rule Libya have met and have taken the first step towards an agreement that could bring peace and stability in that country.

The Libyan Dialogue, hosted by Bouznika, Morocco, is aimed at bringing peace to a country that has known peace since the death, in 2011 of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The two factions – the Libyan High Council of State and the Tobruk Parliament – reached a watershed agreement that is expected to pave the way to lasting peace.

In a joint statement, the two groups said they had reached agreement on the transparent and objective criteria and mechanims “ to occupy the posts of sovereignty”.

Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita said the compromises born from the meetings of the two delegations of the Libyan High Council of State and the Tobruk Parliament confirmed Morocco’s belief that “Libyans are capable of finding solutions to their problems without tutelage or influence as they are able to determine the interest of Libya and the way to serve it.”

 Bourita noted that Morocco has always been convinced that the High Council of State and the House of Representatives were the cornerstone for any progress towards finding solutions to issues concerning the Libyan crisis.

He also stressed that the important compromises reached by the two Libyan delegations regarding the appointment to the posts of sovereignty were not a mere declaration of intentions or recommendations, but rather compromises and concrete decisions about institutions and issues that have a direct impact on the daily life of the Libyan people.

Bourita has urther congratulated the two delegations on these compromises, considering that the institutions subject to these decisions symbolize the unity of the State and that the unification of these institutions is an essential element of any future solution to the crisis in Libya.

He also praised the positive atmosphere and the spirit of fraternity and responsibility that reigned during these meetings, where the interest of Libya and its people took precedence over any other consideration. He also welcomed the compromises “which augur well and bring good news” to the Libyans.