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Haftar and Sarraj on the way to Libyan settlement

Firas Samuri

Fayez al-Sarraj and Marshall Khalifa Haftar meet with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Palermo

Another meeting on the Libyan settlement was held in Palermo, southern Italy, November 12-13. The leaders of the warring factions, EU and UN representatives, as well as the parties concerned, took part in the summit.

After two days of intense talks, the participants agreed to arrange a new conference in Libya by the beginning of the next year. It’s expected the date of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections would be announced there.

On the one hand, the result of the current meeting on Libya is conditional as the talks in Palermo haven’t brought something specific for the Libyans. Since the politicians meet and seek for the ways of resolving the crisis, the nation continues to suffer from the consequence of foreign intervention and Gaddafi overthrow in 2011.

On the other hand, Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar who was in Italy as a private person and met the conference participants on the sidelines. Haftar and Sarraj held an extensive private discussion during the informal talks of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Tunisian President Beji Qaid Al Sebsi, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and European Council President Donald Tusk. Although the result of the closed meeting is still unknown the very fact speaks volumes.

First, the negotiations on the sidelines of the summit were aimed at searching for the best ways of resolving the Libyan crisis. By participating in the sides demonstrated their desire and commitment to the fast ending of the civil war.

Second, the isolation of Turkey from political accommodation has become one of the most important outcomes of the summit. This step could be inferred from the fact that Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay was not invited. Perhaps, this is due to the Haftar’s position, who has repeatedly criticized both Ankara and Doha for supporting the Islamists in Tripoli.

Commenting on the results of the conference United Nations Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame declared the success as all the sides agreed to follow the UN roadmap. The document envisages the amendment to the political arrangement signed in Skhirat, Morocco in 2015, holding a conference bringing together main political forces and civil society organizations, the revision of the Libyan constitution, and the preparation for the presidential and parliamentary elections.
Ways to resolve the conflict

By the way, holding the meeting in Palermo is not enough for the settlement of the Libyan conflict. The leader of the Eastern Libya Haftar and pro-Western politician Sarraj will face many challenges like the disarmament of numerous militias, initiation of the national reconciliation process, and economic recovery.

The first goal for two politicians in coordination is soluble. It is vital for the end of the civil war and the nationwide reconciliation.

Reconciliation is the most challenging component within the Libyan settlement. No one would assist the politicians in this matter. To resolve this issue Haftar and Sarraj will have to make a lot of efforts and spend time as the situation requires establishing a dialogue with various social, ethnic, and tribal groups. Such an approach will accelerate the creation of favourable conditions for holding presidential and parliamentary elections. The formation of new political power in the country will be the key to the economic recovery. There are a lot of opportunities to stabilize the situation in the state. According to the media, amount of Gaddafi’s family assets frozen in the Western banks rises to one hundred billion dollars. The leading economists believe these funds will be enough to restore the national economy ruined during the war. No doubt, the United Nations will unfreeze the Libyan assets after the establishment of the strong centralized power in the country.

Thus, despite all the contradictions between the parties to the conflict, the summit in Palermo could give the new impetus to the Libyan settlement. And the meeting of the political opponents represented by Haftar and Sarraj could become the first step towards consolidation and restoration of Libyan society.


8 Comments

  1. Robbobbobin says

    I wonder what the Gaddafis were planning to do with all that capital. Invest it in a lavish, VIP-only, butt-kissing, black-tie event to cebrate Hillary’s wide-ranging contributions to the pillage and rape of ME&A hoi polloi by the Balack Obama Gang, I guess. That would be why she came when she saw them.

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  2. Grafter says

    Where are the European and American war criminals under a NATO flag who orchestrated the illegal invasion and destruction of Libya ? Should they not be addressing the carnage they have caused ?

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    • According to the article Mr Sarraj is pro-western so the original mission is back on track….apart from those pesky Islamists in Tripoli and their backers in Turkey and Doha. In 10 years time you could be holidaying in Sirte

    • Grafter, the French war criminals are doing increasingly well in a perverted Apostolic Succession of Zio Capitalist agents. First Sarkozy (who led the armed robbery of Libya) then the fake socialist Hollande and now a barefaced Rothschild creature Macron. Here is the socialist take on what is happening in France; from Ramin Mazaheri in today’s Saker Vineyard:

      https://thesaker.is/frances-yellow-vests-its-just-1-protestwhich-has-lasted-8-years/

      “… we can conservatively estimate that the median [French] citizen has lost 18% of their salary in real terms since 2008 …

      For people making €1,700 per month in 2018, losing €306 per month is a huge, huge problem. For childless former Rothschild bankers who married elderly chocolate heiresses cum statutory rapists, €306 only means skimping on the wine tonight.”

      I guess the sheeple in war criminal regimes UK & U$A have “suffered” similar “austerity” cuts to pay for the Libyan war, the Syrian war and the rest of our recent neocolonial wars. While the AZC bosses who ordered the carnage are sipping even more expensive wine with their meals. The only sincere EU$A ringmaster in the Palermo Peace Circus is Italian “populist” Signor Conte, who is genuinely worried about the hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled to Italy from the MENA as a result of EU$A war crimes in Libya and Syria.

      • mark says

        The Syrian fiasco has only cost Britain £3 billion so far. Quite a snip at the price. So much better than squandering it on the NHS. I’m still wondering where the 140 tons of Libyan gold disappeared to after 2011. Probably the same place that all the gold stored under WTC7 went to.

        • Vaska says

          I understand that Libya’s gold was flown out of the country by the US as soon as Tripoli fell.

          • Molloy says

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            V — Thanks.

            We’ll put that on the criminal indictment.

            ¡No pasarán!

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