Attendants of the conference discussed the issues of plurality in the politics of Libya and the effect of western involvement.
The Libya Democratic Union has launched a conference aimed at promoting democratic values as a means of resolving the current crises in the country. The conference called for a comprehensive ceasefire, a reconciliation with the two rivalling governments in the country as well as finding a way to limit the economic and social affects of war and conflict.
The recent clashes in Tripoli plunged Libya into further chaos, which in turn has cast doubts about whether the country is able to hold the planned elections at the end of the year. Although a ceasefire between the combating sides was agreed upon on the 4th September, violations have continued repeatedly, leaving the ceasefire itself tenuous.
Elections were scheduled to be held on the 10th December of this year. The agreement on elections was reached in Paris, with the continued support of France. However, given the unstable situation in Libya, exemplified by the UN’s decision to extend its mission in the country for another year, a number of actors have voiced their concerns that the country will not be ready to hold elections anytime soon.
In light of the instability, Italy is attempting to bring together opposing forces in Libya’s long-running war with an international conference to be held in Sicily next month. The conference is predicted to host high-level delegations from Turkey, Gulf countries and the European Union, as well as representatives from the major Libyan factions on the ground. The aim of the conference is to find a common solution that can be agreed upon between the various factions and stakeholders in Libya.
The existence of two rivalling governments – the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and the eastern-based House of Representatives (HOR), allied with Libyan National Army (LNA) General Khalifa Haftar, highlights another challenge in the country’s plight to enact the necessary reforms and act as a cohesive unit.